Edo period, ca. 1780
Folding fan, mounted as a hanging scroll; ink and color on paper
18 x 48.4 cm (7 1/8 x 19 in.)
Shōō Oku nikki // There was a huge chestnut tree on the outskirts of this post town, and a priest was living in seclusion under its shade. When I stood there in front of the tree, I felt as if I were in the midst of the deep mountains where this priest [Saigyō] had picked horse chestnuts. I took a piece of paper and wrote as follows: The chestnut is a holy tree, for the Chinese ideograph for chestnut is Tree placed directly below West, the direction of the holy land. The priest Gyōki is said to have used it for his walking stick and chief support of his house. // The chestnut by the eaves / in magnificent bloom / passes unnoticed / by men of this world.