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Poem by Ki no Tsurayuki

14″ W x 11″ H Mixed Media Unframed on hand-made Western-style and Japanese paper. Poem by Ki no Tsurayuki celebrating Spring and cherry blossoms.

Cherry blossoms fall,
the breeze under the tree
is not cold,
the sky will never know
snow such as this.

This mixed media work is on Western-style and Japanese papers. The art includes the acid-free foam core backing and arrives ready to frame. This is an original work by Master Japanese Calligrapher Eri Takase.

$185.00 $120.00

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This poem is perfect for Spring and celebrating the annual event of Cherry Blossom viewing.

桜遅流
このし多風盤
さ無可らて
空尓しら礼ぬ
雪曽婦介類

sakura chiru
ko no shita kaze wa
samukarade
sora ni shirarenu
yuki zo furikeru

Cherry blossoms fall,
the breeze under the tree
is not cold,
the sky will never know
snow such as this.

The modern Japanese version of this poem might be:

桜散る
木の下風は
寒からで
空に知られぬ
雪ぞ降りける

Here are some alternate translations.

Only Companion: Japanese Poems of Love and Longing Translated by Sam Hill. Notice that the last two lines of Mr. Hill’s differs remarkably.

Under cherry trees,
the breeze was gentle and warm
as blossoms slowly fell.
But in the high unknowing sky,
countless snowflakes swirled.

Traditional Japanese Poetry: An Anthology by Steven D. Carter p 107

The wind that scatters
cherry blossoms from their boughs
is not a cold wind –
and the sky has never known
snow flurries like these.

This beauty calligraphy is on hand-made paper and comes ready to frame in a standard 14″ W x 11″ H frame.

This is an original work, not a print, and was brushed by Master Japanese Calligrapher Eri Takase.

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