commentary: 雀のお宿 (suzume no oyado)

Hiroi Michiaki:  And… This is, ahh—the dwelling of the sparrow. Umm, I’m not sure why, but umm, in bamboo groves there are many sparrow nests, um, this gourd, when it hangs down like this, they open a hole in it, and then the sparrow sets up a nest in there. I don’t know how it is in reality, though. (laughs) And that’s the sparrow’s dwelling.

Mrs. Hiroi:   From that hole there, [the sparrow’s] mouth pops out, going pi pi pi.

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