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Waka by Ono no Komachi

7 1/2″ W x 8 1/4″ H Mini-shikishi. Waka by Ono no Komachi. This is one of Master Takase's favorite poems by the Heian Poetess Ono no Komachi.

小野小町の和歌
ono no komachi no waka

Look at its color
and it changes unseen,
the blossom of
a man's heart
in this world.

This is one of Ono no Komachi's most famous waka and one of Master Takase's personal favorites.

The mini-shikishi is gold with the cut-out of a fan shape. The shikishi holder has a dark green background and a brown border.

This is an original work, not a print, and was brushed by Master Japanese Calligrapher Eri Takase. The art is ready to display – no framing needed.

$55.00 $35.00

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Ono no Komachi (c 825 – c 900) was one of the six great waka poets of the Heian period. She was also one of the Thirty-six Poetry Immortals. Said to be of surpassing beauty though little is known of her. She survives and even thrives today through her poetry.

以呂見盈天
う都呂ふ毛の盤
よの中能
人の古々ろ乃
花耳所有家留

iro miede
utsurou mono wa
yo no naka no
hito no kokoro no
hana ni zo arikeru

Look at its color
and it changes unseen,
the blossom of
a man’s heart
in this world.

If you are interested in Japanese poetry, here are two excellent resources which both discuss this poem:

Traditional Japanese Poetry: An Anthology by By Steven D. Carter

What is it that fades
without a change of color?
It is the flower
in the hear of those who love
in this world of ours

Traditional Japanese Literature: An Anthology, Beginnings to 1600 edited by Haruo Shirane p 108

Not changing color
yet fading all the same:
such is the flower of
the heart of one in
this world of love.

And on-line here are two excellent resources:

Selected Poems from Kokin wakashu by Lewis Cook

Not changing color
yet fading all the same:
Such is the flower of
the heart of one who survives
this world of love

And if you are interested in learning more about this poem and other poems in the Kokinshu see Larry’s Pretty Good Poetry Journal – Kokinshu #797.

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