12/24/2013

bafunkaki

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bafunkaki 馬糞掻き, bafun tori, maguso tori 馬糞とり, bafun hiroi 馬糞拾い, bafun-zarai 馬糞浚い
horse-shit collectors, collecting horse dung, horse droppings, horse manure



Hiroshige - Naito Shinjuku

Shinjuku was an imortant station in Edo, with merchants of local produce and the pleasure quarters.
There were a lot of carrying horses walking the road between Yotsuya and Shinjuku.

四谷新宿馬糞の中で アヤメ咲くとはしおらしい
Yostuya Shinjuku bafun no naka de ayame saku to wa shiorashii


source : ameblo.jp/himitunohanazono

Yotsuya and Shinjuku - among the horse manure
iris is blossoming in modesty

(iris means the prostitutes of the area.)


Since horses were the main means of transportation, their "horse apples" had to be collected off the road and disposed of. It was be sold to the nearby farmers for manure.



source : www.gakken.co.jp/kagakusouken

bafun hiroi and other forms of "recycling" in Edo.

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transporting goods with horses


source : www.city.shinshiro.ed.jp



Ando Hiroshige

. umakata 馬方 owner of the pack horses .
Each shukuba postal station along the official travelling roads had its own horse stable and porter stations.


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source : www.kakurean.com/fukuchi

. ema 絵馬 votive tablets .


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bafununi, bafun uni 馬糞海胆, ばふんうに "horse apple" sea urchin
„Pferdeapfel"-Seeigel  - Hemicentrotus pulcherrimus

Found from Hokkaido to Kyushu in rocky coastal areas. Used for sushi.
Best time (shun) is summer.

. WASHOKU - Japanese Food Culture .


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脇寄れに一貝すくう馬糞掻き
wakiyore ni hito kai skuu bafunkaki

beside the daimyo procession
he scoops the horse shit
with a seashell


People had to kneel with head down, when a daimyo lord passed on the street on his horse. And some found a bit lucky business on the road, to be picked up with an old seashell.



落ちたるを拾うは馬の糞ばかり
ochitaru o hirou wa uma no fun bakari

from all things
fallen down only the horse shit
is picked up


The shit from dogs, cats, cows and other animals was not collected, it seems.

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加茂祭馬糞を掃きて終りけり
kamo matsuri bafun o hakite owarikeri

Kamo festival
it ends with collecting
the horse shit

Tr. Gabi Greve

Kinoshita Raikoo 木下雪洸 Kinoshita Raiko


. WKD : Horse, Pony (uma 馬, ポニー) .



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