The moon’s inner vision (Shinkan no tsuki)

The moon_s inner vision (Shinkan no tsuki)

Taira no Tomoume, a blind warrior, uses second sight to see his enemies in his clan’s war against the Minamoto, and in this, supposedly his death battle. He carries a poem slip as a talisman. The verse reads:

“From darkness I have wandered lost

on to a darker path –

the moon of heart is becoming clouded.”

The fallen banner bears the crest of the Mori, who fought on the Minamoto side. (June 1886)

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