Issa - This dewdrop world, is a dewdrop world, and yet (tsuyu no yo wa tsuyu no yo nagara sari nagara)

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Issa - This dewdrop world, is a dewdrop world, and yet in Japanese is 露の世は露の世ながらさりながら which is read tsuyu no yo wa tsuyu no yo nagara sari nagara.

This is one of Kobayashi Issa's most well known poems. Written upon the death of his young daughter this poem speaks to the Buddhist teachings that one must not cling to this dewdrop (fleeting) world. And yet Issa does with his feelings of pain and loss.

David G. Lanoue, author of Laughing Buddha style= has a website Kobayashi Issa Archive with some 9000 Issa poems including many insightful commentaries and is one of the most complete and informative on the Internet. He offers the translation " this world, is a dewdrop world yes .. but ...". He comments, "According to Buddhist teaching, life is as fleeting as a dewdrop and so one should not grow attached to the things of this world. However, in both poems Issa adds the phrase, 'and yet...' His human heart clings to his lost children.

Translations You Can Trust: We want you to be as happy with the Japanese translation as you are with Master Takase's beautiful art.

Click on any of the above links and you will be taken to an independent dictionary Jeffrey's Japanese English Dictionary where you can immediately verify the translation for yourself.

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Designs may be ordered as original art personally hand-brushed and signed by Master Japanese Calligrapher Eri Takase. Hand-brushed art options include unframed, framed, and Japanese hanging scrolls. This original art is created and mailed within three business days. The design may also be ordered as a Commercial Design (JPG) or a Tattoo Design (Adobe PDF) both of which may be immediately downloaded when your order is placed.

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