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Kameda Bosai, Old Trees

September 7, 2016 2 comments

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RT has been resolutely ignoring his creative impulses (such as they were) in the face of the many tasks (not the least of which is grieving) that have followed on his mother’s death. Resolutely ignoring, that is, until a spontaneous visit to his local bookstore brought him face-to-face with an alluring poem by Kameda Bosai, a Japanese poet (or rather, scholar and literati painter) that RT had never heard of before. Well, the temptation proved too much for the sterner angels of RT’s nature, and he offers the results of his latest foray into translation below. He knows that mom would approve.

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old trees crimson at spring’s glance;

waterfalls icy, smash and echo.

imagine a mountain hermit swaying,

collapsing into laughter. water-stars, wind.

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(Dedicated to Andy and Janet)

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Image: Confucian Poem, Kameda Bosai. circa 1820-1824. Los Angeles County Museum of Art. WikiCmns. Public Domain.

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Kakinomoto no Hitomaro–a Poem

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Kakinomoto no Hitomaro (662-710) is one of Japan’s greatest poets. His work was a focus of the Manyoshu (The Ten Thousand Leaves), Japan’s earliest poetry anthology, and his is widely regarded as the only Japanese poet to have mastered longer verse forms.

RT was attracted to this waka by its insistent rhymes and echoing, and the striking juxtaposition that structures the poem–apparently, one of Hitomaro’s most frequent devices.

Enjoy!!      RT

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sore at foot–ah! ah!

mountain bird, cock of the rock,

fans his shock of moxy.

in the close, closed hauling box

of night, I, companionless.

Woodblock PrintKakinomoto no hitomaro (1844-1854); Utagawa, Kuniyoshi, (1798-1861); WikiCmns; Public Domain.

Hokusai, a second woodblock image

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Another amazing image, a second woodblock from Katsushika Hokusai, the famous Japanese print-maker. Incredible composition and graphic sense!  RT

Image: Carp Leaping Up a Cascade; Hokusai; WikiCmns; Public Domain.

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Hokusai, the Great Japanese Woodblock Master

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Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) may well be the greatest visual artist Japan, a nation known for its extraordinary visual sense, has ever produced. By way of proof, RT offers this woodblock print from a series entitled A Tour of the Waterfalls of the Provinces. Wow!  RT

Image: A Tour of the Waterfalls of the Provinces. Hokusai. WikiCmns; Public Domain.

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Four Phases of Learning a Language

March 1, 2013 1 comment

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thoughtful advice from somebody in the middle of the process…RT

(reposted from kiroma)

Four Phases of Learning a Language.

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Map: China Linguistic Map; CIA; WikiCmns; Public Domain.

I have to tell the truth. I am in love…

February 19, 2013 Leave a comment

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perfecting the moment…  RT

(reposted from revealillusions)

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I have to tell the truth. I am in love….

Japanese Tea Ceremony

February 18, 2013 Leave a comment

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refreshment as art; art as religion…  RT

(reposted from Barista Banter)

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Japanese Tea Ceremony.