(The increasingly less) Daily senryu thread

Monday, August 8, 2022

Previous senryu

  1. いい事も時には言ってる酔っ払い
    confessions by / a drunk are sometimes / good things, too


  • This version fails miserably at being a direct translation: “confessions” for 酔っ払いが言ってること is a slight stretch, and it’s passive voice, but I think it gets captures the intended meaning. I struggled to decide between the three submissions, but ultimately decided that going with “confessions” was the best way to capture the (hopefully) intended meaning.

  • At least I’m going to assume agreement since there was no further discussion: I think this senryu explores the common belief that drunks tend to utter 本音(ほんね) (true thoughts, real feelings). Often enough, such confessions are just demeaning or at least embarrassing. Sometimes, though, it can be a good thing when they are said aloud. Examples might be confessions of love, or things they’ve been afraid to tell superiors or their family.

Current senryu challenge

Volume: Salaryman

  1. このオレに あたたかいのは 便座だけ

Lol! I don’t think any hints are required: a dictionary lookup of the only word in Kanji will give it away if you don’t know the word (I didn’t, but knew the components and readings — thanks WK!).

Remember to please use the spoiler tag with your translation attempts! Also, please include the reading in kana with your submission.

Everyone is encouraged to participate, no matter your level! Questions and comments are as valued as translation submissions.

Please try not to be disappointed if your translation isn’t selected or if you disagree with the daily choice: the judge isn’t terribly consistent with his grading (and has awful taste!).
Online tools like dictionaries, sentence databases, and even AI translation engines are fair game and can be extremely helpful. Yomichan is particularly handy if you use the Chrome or Firefox browser. The 語源(ごげん)由来(ゆらい)辞典(じてん) is also an excellent resource for researching the etymology of various words and expressions.

Here are the links to the 356 Japanese originals (spoiler free) and to the the spreadsheet with all the upcoming senryu as well as the translations to date.