Edo period, 1833
Hanging scroll; ink and light color on paper
30 x 63.7 cm (11 3/4 x 25 1/8 in.)
Master Tani Bunji had lodged in the Kagetsuan for several days. / I was unable to go visit him, because my son caught smallpox. / It was not until his imminent return that we managed to meet. / I thereupon made this painting and poem to bid him farewell with respect. // Blurry silhouettes of the town encircle the ancient ford; / the chilly mist and pale moon are intimate to the feel. / Our meeting is worth cheering, / but not without regret; / it is not yet time for the plum trees to blossom.
In the late winter of 1833. Hankō Okada Shuku
Saishin; Okada Shuku in; Hankō