Thursday, January 28, 2016


Japanese open hearth, Irori 囲炉裏
Japanese open hearth, Irori 囲炉裏


.炉のはたやよべの笑ひがいとまごひ


by the hearth
last night, his smile
was farewell*

- Kobayashi Issa (1799)

* On the last day of Eleventh Month, 1799, Issa visited his friend Ôkawa Ryûsa, whom he found lying on his deathbed. Issa attended to him as he died.

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