You probably have a favorite spot, too. A place you dream of when you are not there, a place of dear memories, or just a place with a breathtaking view. If you are a poet you are lucky. You can compose a poem to tell the world, your friends, or just yourself about this favorite spot of yours.
For sure, Karasumaru Mitsuhiro (1579-1638) was lucky too. He was not only the offspring of the wealthy Kyoto family but he also was a master of poetry. On this scroll he compiled three poems about his favorite spots in and near Osaka. Written in his distinctive calligraphic style we can still enjoy what he put down hundreds of years ago.
on the ebb tide and the sea is far.
A fish boat floats.
In the sea of Sumiyoshi
They are where we rely on in the floating world
"The same day in Naniwa, to see the Sakura flowers at Konryuji-temple."
The cloud of Sakura bloom
Even the sound of bell remains
Iriai-Zakura flowers turn into green.
With a certificate of authenticity by Kohitsu Ryoei (1607-1678).
Karasumaru Mitsuhiro (1579-1638)
Ink on paper 13.6 x 24.4 cm (5 1/4 x 9 1/4 in.)
Mounting 91 x 36 cm (35 3/4 x 14 in.)
Box with inscription