小林 一茶 1819
yu^dachi ya juka sekijo^ no ko yakunin
in a cloudburst
under a tree, looking miserable
a minor official
Shinji Ogawa explains that the phrase, juka sekijo^, which literally means to sleep or dwell under a tree and on a rock, figuratively denotes "being a monk practicing austerities." Here, he says, Issa uses the phrase to mean "poor," or "petty." It seems to me, however, that the minor official is literally standing under a tree to avoid the rain, a visual image that provides Issa with this opportunity for word-play. My dilemma as a translator, then, is to decide whether I should: (1) mention the literal level of being under a tree and on a rock but lose the figurative meaning of practicing austerities; or (2) translate the figurative meaning (Shinji suggests the middle phrase, "how miserable") but lose the literal image of the official crouching under a tree. My compromise: I keep the tree but lose the rock, adding Shinji's "miserable."
To visit http://cat.xula.edu/issa/
nirezu ni sumi te hotoke no kao ni
without getting wet
becomes Buddha face
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It was so interesting to read your thought processes in translating the haiku for this haiga. Thank you for sharing that in so much detail. I love the image you use with this. What talent you have!
Thank you Pris san for your kind words that encourage me much.
It is very interst to find a person who has real eyes to watch real things.
Issa would be very thankful for your great understanding.
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