yellow flowers and Doi Bansui


Etegami of yellow flowers, don’t know the name, from my garden. The words are read, “hana no en,” and mean “a celebration of flowers.” The words are from Doi Bansui’s 1901poem: “in spring on castle heights/ they celebrate the flowers / in the cup they share / the moon casts a reflection.” I learned that Doi was a famous poet of Miyagi prefecture, where I lived for about 3 years. Doi’s words are inscribed on a cornerstone of Aoba Castle in Sendai, Miyagi.

Poem source: Oriori no uta: Poems for all seasons, translated by Janine Beichman; poems collected and annotated, in Japanese, by Ooka Makoto.