2011-04-29

nichijou 04: shaved ice

Kakigoori (shaved ice with syrup) served to a cat.

Kakigoori (shaved ice) served to a cat.

The Wikipedia article on kakigoori, for those unfamiliar with it.

In the form of a senryuu with a mora pattern of 5-6-5, the talking cat expresses his displeasure at being served kakigoori.

かき氷 こんな飯は こおりごり

kakigoori
konna meshi wa
koorigori

Bowl of shaved ice
This as my dinner
Unshavory

(koori: ice;
korigori: fed up with it, had enough of it, want no more of it, etc;
koorigori: a pun on koori + korigori.)

2011-04-19

nichijou 01: a tanka

School principal reading a tanka

誕生日 よかれと思って プレゼント 弥勒菩薩は いらぬとスルー 校長

tanjoubi
yokare to omotte
purezento
miroku bosatsu wa
iranu to suruu —Kouchou

This is a tanka poem (mora pattern 5-7-5-7-7).
In English, 3-5-3-5-5 seems appropriate.

Your birthday
I carefully chose
Your present
Maitreya statue;
Unwanted, ignored —Principal

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2011-04-19

nichijou 03: helvetica standard

A tengu talks with his landlady.

A tengu talks with his landlady.

大家「他に必要なものがあったら、遠慮なく言ってね!」
「ホントですか!あの・・・じゃあ・・・お金をすこし、なんつって・・・」
「あんた。ちょっと優しくしたからって天狗になってんじゃないわよ。」
「すみません。」

Landlady: “If there’s anything else you need, don’t hesitate to ask!”
“Really?! Well… in that case… maybe I could ask… for a little money…”
“How dare you take advantage of someone’s kindness like that. You ought to be red in the face.
“I’m sorry.”

(Literal: “Don’t go becoming tengu just because I was a little kind to you.”
tengu: 1. a type of youkai with a red face and long nose;
2. a conceited or arrogant person.)

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