Entirely word playing with the word "Tori (=bird)". A good translation
wanted, alive and vivid only, no dead .
■From Big Edo Prints■
about the loans in Edo
There was no official financial institutes in
Edo, people went to pawn when pawning items were there. If not,
samurai class went to fuda-sashi, merchant class to zato, both
of which are usury. Although the official loan rate was set 15%
between Genbun 1st and Tempo 13th, 12% later, much higher rate
was applied using various reasoning in fact.
The loan rate of a pawn was 20 to 50%. The pawned item will be
forfeited after 12 months.