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泰平の眠りを覚ます
上喜撰たった四杯で
夜も眠れず。

There are two meanings to this japanese poem.
It is written when commodore Mattew Perry went to Japan with his infamous “Black Ships”.

The first literal meaning is this:
泰平の眠りを覚ます = woken up on a peaceful sleep
上喜撰 = one of the most expensive and best kind of green tea that contains hell lots of caffaine
上喜撰たった四杯で = with just four cups of caffaine-laiden green tea
夜も眠れず = can’t sleep even in the night (or something like that, i cant remember the exact meaning)

The OTHER meaning to this poem, which has a more political meaning to our dear Mattew Perry’s arrival:
泰平 = pacific ocean
泰平の眠りを覚ます = the sleeping pacific ocean is awaken
上喜撰 = joukisen = 蒸気船 = steam ships
四杯 = shihai = 四隻 = 4 vessels
上喜撰たった四杯で = with a mere 4 vessels of steam ships
夜も眠れず = we can no longer sleep in the night

cool right?
this is my agar agar(rough and inaccurate) translation..but still rather close to the actual one!
so well, enjoy!

hehe
i got this from my ARts in the age of colonialism class..
it’s a cool module to take, if not for the LONG AND FUCKING boring student presentations at the end of every lectures.

-Orangeline-

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2 Comments

  1. i assume the second translation is yours?
    hahah haven’t seen you for AGES man… girl i mean!
    *keeping my fingers crossed that u still rem me*

  2. haha of course i remember you…
    the funniest guy in ACJC!! haha DOH! i mean… the nicest…
    the second translation is somewhat mine coz i cant remember what the lecturer said. Coz there was this irritating bitch in lecture TYPING (note: with loud noise) in the lecture.. hard to concentrate!
    let’s meet up soon with mark n gang… shall go rampage ur house again!!

    -Angeline-


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