Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Basho: "What a mix of hail and snow: ~ A summer kimono's ~ fine design"

My Translation

What a mix of hail and snow:
A summer kimono’s
Fine design

Original Japanese



Arare majiru
Katabira-yuki wa
Komon kana


Hail mixed with
Summer kimono snow* as for
Fine pattern how!

“Katabira-yuki” is the large, flat snow often seen on the patterns of light, summer kimonos (called yukatas). He is saying the mix of hail and snow he sees in reality looks like a kimono pattern. He is also contrasting summer dress with a winter storm.

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