” 商に就いての答” is a poem written by Ogata Kamenosuke, an Japanese poet from the early 1920’s. The poem depicts an man answering what business he’d run if he ever was to, as he mentions opening a geta store in the morning, a beauty stand during the afternoon, and selling poetry at night. The poem has a very dreamy and romantic tone, and it was first published in his collection of poems “色ガラスの街” (City of Coloured Glass) in 1925. Below is the translation of the poem in English.
To run a business
If I was to run a business
I’d open a geta store in the morning
I’d find the perfect geta with red straps for a beautiful maiden
During the sweet, dull hours of the afternoon
I’d open a beauty stand
I’d transform her face into art
a beauty spot and some rouge.
By the time its evening I’d close the store,
Take her by the arm
and to a walk for an hour or two
I’d open a stand with flowers and stars
and sell expensive love letters
to maidens in love