commentary: 味噌すり小僧 (miso-grinding young priest)

Hiroi Michiaki: Ahh, ahh. This.

Mrs. Hiroi: Miso grinder.

Hiroi: The miso-grinding Buddhist priest…. young priest. From long ago, there was someone called the miso-grinding priest. Umm, the miso…

Mrs. Hiroi: He ground it.

Hiroi: Umm in a mortar he ground it like this… and that was used for ingredients for miso soup. At that time he was called the miso-grinding priest… or was it young priest…

Mrs. Hiroi: The top is shaped like a priest.

Hiroi: This is, um… a one-eyed monster. There are also other items like that. Mm. At first I thought it was just something fanciful, but in reality there was a person with this sort of appearance. That was the model, and it became a one-eyed monster, and a sign board was put up. In Gunma or Tochigi, he was said to be a person working at a temple. And of course he had one leg, it was damaged in an accident or something and he lost it. He was working at a temple, though. That seems to have become the model. And this is the miso-grinding priest, and then I made it into a top with the same meaning. [Even] though [people] say ‘Ah!’ they don’t really get it. (laughs) How should I put it…

Mrs. Hiroi: It spins just like it’s grinding miso. Here, inside.


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