平成狸合戦ぽんぽこ Heisei tanuki gassen ponpoko

Pom Poko is a 1994 Japanese animated comedy-drama fantasy film directed by Isao Takahata, produced by Studio Ghibli and distributed by Toho. The phrase “Pom Poko” in the title refers to the sound of tanuki (Japanese raccoon dogs, Nyctereutes procyonoides viverrinus) drumming their own bellies as a form of Tanuki-bayashi. Specifically, the phrase started as a…

not seing the harvest moon

身の闇の頭巾も通る月見かな mi no yami no     zukin mo tōru     tsukimi kana Someone goes by wearing a hood in his own darkness not seeing the harvest moon -Yosa Buson   Art by Yoshitoshi Tsukioka      

Lady Gosechi (Gosechi no myobu)

Several elements in this design point at gone-by wealth, notably the torn tapestry, and the battered blinds. The woman playing the koto is dressed as a nun. Her two visitors wear Heian court costumes. They are moved, either by her music, or the state they find her in, or perhaps both. (printed June 1887)

all alone with the moon

中々にひとりあればぞ月を友 nakanaka ni      hitori areba zo      tsuki o tomo   With nothing to do, And all alone by myself I’ll make friends with the moon. -Yosa Buson

薩摩切子Satsuma kiriko

Satsuma kiriko (薩摩切子) is a type of cut glass from Japan. It was manufactured by the Satsuma clan from the final years of the Edo period to the beginning of the Meiji period (1868–1912). Today, faithful reproductions are produced. Shimazu Narioki (1791–1859), a feudal lord of the Edo period, invited glass craftsmen from Edo (now Tokyo)…

waterfall music

  Mountain-rose petals Falling, falling, falling now… Waterfall music ― Bashō Matsuo   Art by Katsushika Hokusai , “Roben Waterfall”

鍋物 Nabe

Nabemono (なべ物, nabe “cooking pot” + mono “thing or things, object, matter”) or simply nabe, is a variety of Japanese hot pot dishes, also known as one pot dishes and “things in a pot. Most nabemono are stews and soups served during the colder seasons. In modern Japan, nabemono are kept hot at the dining…

a waterfall

A great waterfall its steady roar joined by autumn’s voices – Shinoda Teijirō   Art by Hasui Kawase, “Senju Waterfall, Akame”