Edo period, 18th century
Handscroll; ink and color on paper
18.3 x 567 cm (7 1/4 in. x 18 ft. 7 1/4 in.)
For the flower and bird representing the sixth month:
Tokonatsu [Chinese Pink]
I even miss the weather of this parched month, usually spurned for / its hot sun, because it is the month when the Chinese pink of “everlasting summer” / comes into bloom.
As swiftly as the flares disappear upstream in the river / where the cormorants fish on this short summer night, / this month of parched weather, too, / will soon be gone.