Karasumaru Mitsuhiro | Three Poems

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Karasumaru Mitsuhiro, was the offspring of the wealthy Karasumaru family of Kyoto. He was a master of poetry, calligraphy and tea ceremony and an unusual figure in his ablity to influence both the cultivated court nobles in Kyoto as well as the sophisticated cosmopolitan samurai in Edo. He was known for his distinctive calligraphic style.


At Sumiyoshi seashore
It is on the ebb tide and the sea is far.
A fish boat floats.


Beacons stand
In the sea of Sumiyoshi
They are where we rely on in the floating world.


The same day in Naniwa, to see the Sakura flowers at Konryuji-temple.
The cloud of Sakura bloom
Even the sound of bell remains
Iriai-Zakura flowers turn into green.

Karasumaru Mitsuhiro (1579-1638)




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