Tanzaku

 

Tanzaku (Poem-Card)

by SANTŌ Kyōden* (1761-1816)

Ink on Paper (See signature)

Collection of Jeffrey Angles

 

 

鬼瓦栖につともかたつぶり

角を自慢に身をぞたのみそ

 

京伝筆

 

Little snail making your home

In the demon-tile*

So proud of your horns

Do not rely on them

Too much to protect you!

 

[Santō] Kyōden

 

 

*SANTŌ Kyōden (1761-1816) was a popular writer of gesaku fiction in late-eighteenth century Edo.  He wrote in many genres of popular fiction, including kibyōshi (satiric picture books), sharebon (witty books about fashion), kokkeibon (comic fiction), hanashibon (humorous books), gōkan (bound picture books), and yomihon (reading books). He also was known as an illustrator, artist, poet, and collector of antiques.

 

*Demon-tiles (onigawara) are large decorated tiles in the shape of demons placed at the edges of roofs.  They usually have two prominent horns.

 

 

Updated January 9, 2012

 

 

Jeffrey Angles
ジェフリー・アングルス

 

Associate Professor of
Japanese Literature, Language
and Translation Studies

Department of Foreign Languages
Western Michigan University

 

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