Otagaki Rengetsu 'My thoughts' tea bowl [chawan] c.1870 glazed stoneware, incised calligraphy Hamilton Art Gallery. Gift of Geoff Handbury. Photograph In Brilley


Otagaki Rengetsu
'In the fields, in the mountains' poem sheet [tanzaku] 1868
calligraphy, ink on paper
image 36.1 x 5.9 cm; mount 140.0 x 27.0 cm
Private collection, Brussels


In the fields, in the mountains
I was enthralled, so enthralled;
on the way home
the autumn moon accompanied me
right to my bedroom!           
(trans. John Stevens)