(The increasingly less) Daily senryu thread

Thursday, September 22, 2022

Previous senryu

  1. 「いつ買った」? 前からあったと シラを切る
    「いつかった」? まえからあったとシラをきる
    “‘When did you buy that?’ / It’s been there from the start / I said innocently.”


Current senryu challenge

Volume: Husbands

  1. そっと起きそっと出かけてそっと寝る

I love it when I can read one of these without resorting to a dictionary or further research.

Fortunately those days are long past, but I remember rarely seeing sunshine and trying not to wake the household coming and going at odd hours.

It was definitely worse for salarymen in Japan, though, especially during the “Japan, Inc.” days. The expectations placed on people were brutal (thankfully, getting better). The fact that there is even a word in Japanese (過労死(かろうし)) for working yourself to death still horrifies me. [1]

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.

  1. I hate to be a downer, but I had a very close friend die from this (super long hours and smoking and drinking). Forgive the unsolicited advice, but for any still early in their careers: work should never be the most important thing nor dictate how you live your life. It’s not worth it. Don’t let yourself become trapped by others expectations and perceptions about your work ethic. Take pride in your work and work hard, but don’t let it control your life. ↩︎