Takakura moon (Takakura no tsuki)

After having plotted against Taira no Kiyomori in the year 1180, and having been found out, Prince Mochihito – brother of the deposed emperor Takakura – and his companion Munenobu flee from the Takakura mansion disguised in women’s traveling costumes. However, the main character of this scene is Hasebe no Nobutsura, Mochihito’s retainer, who has…


with the mattock I dig the garden where the cloud’s shadow passes by


Alongside soy sauce and miso, one of the primary seasonings is katsuobushi––the secret behind the dashi stock that provides the mouthwatering body of Japanese soups and hotpots, and an ingredient that has few parallels in other cuisines around the world. So what is katsuobushi, exactly? Many diners from overseas first become aware of the substance…


underneath the eaves a blooming large hydrangea overbrims its leaves.   Art by Sakai Ōho “Hydrangeas”

Mount Otowa moon (Otowayama no tsuki)

This represents a scene from the Noh play Tamura. Three itinerant priests meet a man sweeping fallen cherry petals as they visit Kiyomizu Temple in Kyoto. He is supposed to have been the spirit of the warrior Sakanoe no Tamuramaro, who assisted the priest Enchin in founding Kiyomizu Temple on Mount Otawa. (printed June 1886)

in the garden

on the bench I wait for the second gust to come through the garden gate.

芝愛宕山 Shiba Atagoyama

Mount Atago in Shiba. Scene depicts an emissary from Enpuku-ji temple who on every third day of the year performs a ceremony at Atago Shrine for good fortune, health and success and to avert hunger and disease; the large rice paddle in his hand symbolizes abundance, the seaweed around his neck was distributed after the…

cherry snow

some one from below is looking at the whirling of the cherry snow —Hakugetsu Art by Toyohara Chikanobu, “Evening Cherry Blossoms – Ladies of Chiyoda Palace “

Hiza tomo dango

Consult anyone, even your knees (two heads are better than one, any consensus is stronger than one opinion) Art by Shunkosai Hokushu