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    


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 –

Hazy-night moon (Oboroyo no tsuki)

A masked Noh actor performs the role of the robber Kumasaka no Chohan – a scarf tied round his head and carrying a long pike – who was killed in 1174 when his band  unwisely attacked the young Minamoto no Yoshitsune at Akasaka. There is no moon visible in the print, and the title reminds…


紫陽花や壁のくづれをしぶく雨 ajisai ya     kabe no kuzure o      shibuku ame hydrangeas — rain splashing upon the crumbling walls -Shiki   Art by Sakai Hoitsu  

cicada’s shell

古池やさかさに浮かふ蝉のから furuike ya     sakasa ni ukabu     semi no kara an old pond- floating upside down a cicada’s shell -Shiki   Art by Kangyoku

Women only

Did you know that in Japan there are train wagons only for women? I didn’t and was quite surprised to wait and travel with it!


Koi (鯉]) or more specifically nishikigoi (錦鯉 , literally “brocaded carp”), are ornamental varieties of domesticated common carp (Cyprinus carpio) that are kept for decorative purposes in outdoor koi ponds or water gardens. Koi varieties are distinguished by coloration, patterning, and scalation. Some of the major colors are white, black, red, yellow, blue, and cream….