These opening lines from the Hotsuma Tsutae appear in the Waniko edition published by the Japan Translation Center in 2001 and 2016. They are shown here with the kind permission of Mr. Seiji Takabatake of JTC. We wanted to show you how beautifully the writing of Waniko Yasutoshi from 1779 has been reproduced. For further information, please see our earlier post.
Hotsuma Tsutae Aya One
Hotsuma Tsutae Mihata no Hatu: Kitu no na to homusi saru aya
Sore waka wa wakahime no kami That waka of Wakahime Kami, suterarete hirota to sotatu Given away and taken up to raise kanasaki no tuma no chi wo ete Kanasaki’s wife gave her milk awa-u-wa ya te uti sio no me Baby clapping awa-u-wa with the gentle wife. ume-re-hi wa kasimi-ke sonae On her birthday, he made an offering of cooked food.