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edo no ame nan goku nonda hototogisu

how many gallons
of Edo's rain did you drink?

1 koku = 4.96 bushels. Shinji Ogawa believes that this haiku expresses Issa's feeling over his long exile in Edo (present-day Tokyo)--a city that, according to Shinji, "Issa never liked."

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