Asked how old she is, / She holds up the fingers of one hand; / The change of clothes. – Kobayashi Issa

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Asked how old she is,

She holds up the fingers of one hand;

The change of clothes.

 

– Kobayashi Issa (Haiku, R.H. Blyth, Hokuseido Press, 1984, 2nd print paperback, p. 728)

 

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6 thoughts on “Asked how old she is, / She holds up the fingers of one hand; / The change of clothes. – Kobayashi Issa

    • Nowadays, do people still do the “change of clothes” when the season change? I still rotate my clothes from an active closet to a suitcase every spring/autumn. Perhaps it’s a dying tradition.

      • here in South Australia, it depends which way the wind is blowing, off the hot desert or the antarctic ocean. we can go from summer to winter in a couple of hours and a few days later it can be summer again. so, no, my woolies don’t get put away. but yes, I think you’re right. these days people just seem to get bigger closets.

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