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nakanoin michishige poem calligraphy

Nakanoin Michishige | A pair of poems


A pair of poems, as "an offering from Michishige, in the seventh month, on the occasion of the monthly poetry gathering in the Emperor's palace." - The theme of the gathering was - as Michishige writes - "Paddies and Lightning".


Out in open air
yet hidden in early evening -
the mountain paddies'
moon-awaiting dewdrops
illuminated by flashing lightning


For gazing upon the dewdrops
not even a hut to see here -
in the many villages
beyond the paddies


Nakanoin Michichige was a prominent representative of Japanese court culture. Today he is most remembered for his commentaries on the Genji Monogatari, on which he worked together with the Samurai and Confucian scholar Kumazawa Banzan.


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Nakanoin Michishige (1631-1710)

A pair of poems

Ink on paper

19.4 x 49.5 cm (7 1/2 x 19 1/2 in.)

Mounting 109 x 61.5 cm (43 x 24 1/4 in.)
Box with inscription

SKU: 2247
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