ice cream

匙のアイスクリムや蘇る hitosaji no     aisukurimu ya      yomigaeru one spoonful of ice cream brings me back to life -Shiki

stillness

静かさに蛍飛ぶなり淵の上 shizukasa ni     hotaru tobunari       fuchi no ue stillness – fireflies are glowing over deep water -Shiki   Art by Kobayashi Kiyochika, Fireflies at Ochanomizu  

Paper

Around the world, many Japanophile-in-waiting has enjoyed their earliest, sometimes unknowing, encounters with Japanese culture through the medium of origami, paper folding. But this graduation from paper planes and fortune tellers to more sophisticated designs like jumping frogs and cranes is nonetheless often conducted using rather unassuming paper torn from sketchbooks and notepads. Enter any…

an afternoon nap

世の中の重荷おろして昼寝かな yononaka no     omoni oroshite      hirune kana relieved of a burden in the everyday life an afternoon nap -Shiki   Art by Torii Kotondo, Taking a nap

silver folding screen

みじか夜や枕にちかき銀屏風 mijikayo ya     makura ni chikaki      gin-byōbu Short night Near the pillow stands A silver folding screen -Buson   Art by Kikuchi Hōbun

a red bridge

夏山や萬象青く橋赤し natsuyama ya      bansho aoku       hashi akashi summer mountain all creatures are green a red bridge -Shiki   Art by Ito Yuhan    

onsen

十年の汗を道後の温泉に洗へ junen no     ase o Dogo no     yu ni arae Ten year’s sweat washed away back at Dogo Onsen -Shiki   Art by Mizuno Toshikata, Visiting an Onsen – 湯河の里 –