Haiku of Kobayashi Issa

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yo ni ireba gesui no ue mo suzumi kana

as evening falls
even above a sewer...
cool air

People have gathered to enjoy the cool air even here. In an undated revision, Issa substitutes "alongside" (no soba) for "above" (no ue), and adds the headnote, "Edo." Edo is the city we now know as Tokyo.

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