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Otagaki Rengetsu 'tossing out a rowing pole' sake flasks [tokkuri] 1871 glazed stoneware, incised calligraphy Private collection, Basel

 

Otagaki Rengetsu  
'tossing out a rowing pole' sake flasks [tokkuri] 1871 
glazed stoneware, incised calligraphy
15.0 x 10.0 cm
Private collection, Basel

 

Tossing out a rowing pole
I launch my fishing boat,
and, singing out of tune,
I am drawn toward
the beautiful moon.

(trans. Meher McArthur)