Happy Birthday, Issa
Today is the birthday of Kobayashi Issa, a master of haiku. He was born in Kashiwa- bara, Japan, in 1763.
One of his most well-known:
.かたつぶりそろそろ登れ富士の山Above is one Issa wrote and illustrated:
katatsuburi soro-soro nobore fuji no yama
inch by inch, climb
.庭のてふ子が這へばとびはへばとぶAnd a few more:
niwa no chô ko ga haeba tobi haeba tobu
as the baby crawls, it flies―
crawls close, flutters on
jihi sureba hako wo suru nari suzume no ko
when you hold it kindly
it poops on you...
jizô sae toshiyoru yô ni ko[no]ha kana
even holy Jizo
is looking older...
[makari] izuru wa kono yabu no hiki nite sôrô
"Allow me to present myself--
I am the toad
of this thicket!"
All translations based on Issa zenshû (Nagano: Shinano Mainichi Shimbunsha, 1976-79) 9 volumes
(more, and image from contemporary haiga)