Edo period, 1733
Hanging scroll; ink on paper
26.8 x 33.3 cm (10 1/2 x 13 1/8 in.)
Ex Coll.: Okamoto Kōhei, Kanagawa Prefecture; Mizuta Chikuho
[Poem 24, by Minamoto Muneyuki (d. 939)]
Now that spring has come / even the unchanging pine is dressed / in fresh new foliage that is / dyed a brighter shade of green.
[Poem 53, by Ariwara Narihira (825–880)]
If this world had never / known the ephemeral charms of cherry blossoms / then our hearts in spring might match / nature’s deep tranquility.
Written by Shisei at age 11