Otagaki Rengetsu 'This genteman' sencha tea set 1830-75 glazed stoneware, incised calligraphy Private collection, Switzerland


Otagaki Rengetsu
'This gentleman, sencha' tea set, 1830–75
glazed stoneware; incised calligraphy,
various sizes
Private collection, Switzerland.


This poem is on the water cooler, other poems illegible.


This gentleman
grows and grows
learn from it and
you will ever flourish.

(trans. John Stevens)