Kumazawa Banzan letter calligraphy detail-2

Kumazawa Banzan | Letter


An rare example of a private and early letter by Kumazawa Banzan. The style of writing is casual, informal and unpretentious. A letter to his brother.

Tomorrow Toju* will start his teaching earlier than usual. And thus you should also arrive early. - On the 20th day, signed Kumazawa Ryoukai. 

[*Nakae Toju (1608-1648)]


Banzan was the son of samurai family in Kyoto but without any specific allegiance to a feudal lord. At the age of sixteen, he entered the service of Ikeda Mitsumasa (1609-1682) one of the so called enlightened