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あらたうと! The many new translations sound so exciting I briefly considered fashioning another Dutch version – but I don’t want to saddle you all with throat disease!
Buson incorporated ‘Ikken no chamise’ into a much longer, experimental work entitled ‘Spring Breeze on the Kema Embankment’ (春風馬堤曲). As far as I know, he even wrote the hokku especially for this purpose. ‘Spring Breeze’ is a narrative poem which relates how a young girl returns to her native village (Kema) after an absence of many months. The girl now works in the entertainment district of Naniwa (south Ōsaka), where there must be many of the most glamorous teahouses. Hence, she is moved and surprised when she rediscovers the single old ‘chamise’ in her native village.
Perhaps I should have pointed out both Chris Drake’s and Makoto Ueda’s versions are part of their complete translations of 春風馬堤曲. The same is true of my original go in Dutch. I wrote bij ‘dat’ ene theehuis implying the girl had seen the place many times before.
> Date: Sun, 22 Nov 2009 11:37:08 -0500
By the way, there can be no doubt that 锟斤拷Spring Breeze on the Kema Embankment锟斤拷 (锟斤拷锟絃锟絉锟斤拷锟斤拷 Shunp锟斤拷 batei no kyoku), as a whole, is one of Buson锟斤拷s most moving masterpieces. A fascinating analysis of the text (by Cheryl Crowley) can be found here (p.7 锟紺 9):
Unfortunately, professor Crowley锟斤拷s explanation does not contain the hokku we are discussing. The easiest place to find a complete English translation (fully annotated) of 锟斤拷Spring Breeze锟斤拷 is still Haruo Shirane锟斤拷s Early Modern Japanese Literature.
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