Monday, April 04, 2005

All gods go away ! let go !

young buck

David English
young buck-- while the gods are away sleeping and carousing

-Issa, 1823
61 years old. Kiku has got sick on February and died on May, and third son died on December.

sakuo Japanese
若雄や 神のいぬまに 寝てはしゃぐ
waka osu ya hami no inu ma ni nete hasyagu

Issa Original
さをしかや 神の留主事 寝て遊ぶ
saoshika ya kami no rusu koto nete asobu

David Comment
According to Shinto belief, in Tenth Month all of Japan's gods vacate their shrines to congregate at the Izumo-Taisha Shrine.

Issa site

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