Kiyomizu Rokubei | Letter
When Rokubei (Rokui*) wrote this letter he was in his late sixties and retired. Due to his ill health his son has been running the family business since 1902 and finally in 1913 was officially installed as the 5th generation Rokubei. - The letter is addressed to Kitamura-san, whom Rokui calls "Gakei", colleague, partner, or friend.
"Please excuse me for skipping the greeting.
I am terribly sorry that I could not see you when you repaired my veranda. Moreover, I am sorry to have bothered you with it. I am so grateful that you have done it. And I am also grateful that you offered me the wood. Thank you very much for your work. I should have shown my gratitude earlier but it had been a busy time. Please forgive me.
This silly piece [= the drawing of the mallet of luck] is made no good. It's not even good enough to decorate your kitchen. - It is my earnest prayer being answered. I am always at your service, please take care. - 1st of March, Rokui to Kitamura Gakei."
[*Rokui - Rokubei retired in 1913 in favor of his son, and took the name Rokui.]
Kiyomizu Rokubei IV (1848-1920)
Letter, after 1913
Ink on paper
17.5 x 79.5 cm (6 ¾ x 3 ¼ in.)
Mounting 120.5 x 83 cm (47½ x 32½ in.)