Saturday, January 21, 2006

me too a offering money

Issa Original 1813
kojjiki mo fuku daigoku no tsumori kana

David’s English
even the beggar
hopes to get rich...
god of wealth singers

David's Comment
Daikoku is a god of wealth. In Issa's time, the daikokumai were troupes of begging musicians who performed between the 11th day of First Month and the first day of Second Month; Kogo dai jiten (Shogakukan 1983) 964. Since they were named after a god of wealth, supporting them was a way to ensure prosperity for the coming year. Here, even a beggar donates name after.

sakuo Renku
give me too
a money offering

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