Edo period, 19th century
Hanging scroll; ink on paper
29.9 x 56.6 cm (113/4 x 22 1/4 in.)
Dear Omiya, / I am writing this to you to celebrate the New Year. I am very happy that all of you are well and flourishing to welcome the new spring. On my side, all of us are getting older like everyone else, so please be reassured. The thing I am sending you is not very refined, but I want you to see it as a gift from me for the celebration. I just want to celebrate for years to come. Please give my best to the new courtesans. / Sincerely, / Sono / [P. S.] I hope your life will be prosperous. I have touched only on a few things and left many others [unmentioned].