“Don’t imitate me, it’s as boring as the two halves of a melon.” — Basho
This melon gave me lots of trouble. At first, I drew the lines vertically. I knew something was wrong but I didn’t know what exactly. I put the comic aside for 4 weeks. Then one day at the market I realized the lines on melons are horizontal. Bingo!
The cherry petals stick to my shoes, my umbrella, my clothes, my hair…. If I were a frog, I would be covered head to toe with petals and I imagine it would be very hard to get rid off. Therefore Kawazu is not too enthusiastic about cherry petals in this cartoon.
You can read this comic two ways: either Kaeru doesn’t know what to do with this money because he is a frog (that’s my interpretation), or that he just realized there’s not much he can do with just a dollar.