Motsurin (or Botsurin) Shōtō (or Jōtō)
(没倫紹等, also known as Bokusai [墨斎]; d. 1491)
Hanging scroll; ink on paper
27.3 x 42.4 cm (10 3/4 x 16 3/4 in.)
by Motsurin Shōtō (d. 1491)
I walk over the stream and garden in search of flowers. / The plum tree stands tall and welcomes the immortals. / Its elegant appearance in winter surpasses its peers. / Fragrance that lingers even after three bathings is unique to this flower. / Peonies are supreme as the flowers of the rich, / jasmine is superior as the flower of purity. / But these are inferior to this earliest one of flowers, / for it captures the spring of myriad blossoms.