Japanese rice refers to a number of short-grain cultivars of Japonica rice including ordinary rice (uruchimai) and glutinous rice (mochigome). Ordinary Japanese rice, or uruchimai (粳米) is the staple of the Japanese diet and consists of short translucent grains. When cooked it has a sticky texture such that it can easily be picked up and…

柳しま Yanagishima

The Yanagishima. Myōken Hall of Hōshō-ji temple, Hashimotoya restaurant (“At the Foot of the Bridge”), Mount Tsukuba. (1857.4)

The Moon of the Milky Way (Ginga no tsuki)

According to Chinese legend, the constellations known in the West as Aguila and Lyra represent the lovers Niu Lang (Cowherd) and Zhi Nu (Weaving Girl). They were separated by the Emperor of Heaven and placed at different ends of the Milky Way. They are only allowed to meet on the seventh evening of the seventh…

pear trees

Hazy moonlight — someone is standing among the pear trees -Buson Art by Utagawa Hiroshige II: Pear Trees as Rokugo  

Rock and Stone

The importance of Rocks and Stones for the Japanese culture in a Begin Japanology documentary.   Photo by Japanaibunka

child’s rag ball

Springtime rain is falling, as a child’s rag ball is soaking wet on the house roof. -Buson Art by Kawase Hasui, Mt. Atago, Spring 1921

Inamura Promontory moon at daybreak (Inamurgasaki no akebono no tsuki)

In 1333 AD, general Nitta no Yoshisada finds the route to the Hojo stronghold in Kamakura blocked by the Inamura cliffs and an enemy fleet of warships. He offers prayers and his treasured sword to the sea gods, and asks them safe passage for his army. The tide recedes considerably, causing a corresponding retreat of…

亀戸梅屋舗 Kameido Umeyashiki

Plum Park in Kameido. Both in color and theme this print is related to print no. 27 (Plum Orchard in Kamada); copied by Vincent van Gogh under the title Japonaiserie: Flowering Plum Tree.(1857.11)

a short nap

A short nap, then awakening this spring day has darkened. -Buson Art by Tsukioka Yoshitoshi, “A Shop Boy Takes a Nap in Ueno Park”