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Kitahama Beach, Beppu

Vintage Japanese Postcard from the Taisho or early Showa era

さわぐ子の捕る知恵はなし初ほたる
sawagu ko no toru chie wa nashi hatsu hotaru

chattering children
never catch
the first firefly

gyerek ha fecseg
fénybogár-fogásban
első sose lesz

haiku: Ryokan Taigu /良寛大愚/
image: Miyagawa Shuntei /宮川春汀/ – Firefly hunting

清く聞かん耳に香焼いて郭公
kiyoku kikan mimi ni koo taite hototogisu

the clear sound
of burning incense near the ear
hototogisu

fülem illattal
kifüstöltem – hadd halljam
ha kakukk kiált

haiku: Matsuo Basho /松尾 芭蕉/
image: Ogata Gekko /尾形月耕/ – Incense ceremony