Karasumaru Mitsuhiro | Poems … (1579-1638)





You probably have a favorite spot. A place you dream of when you are not there, a place of memories, or a place with a view. If you are a poet you could compose a poem for your friends, or just yourself about this place.


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For sure, Karasumaru Mitsuhiro (1579-1638) was lucky too. He was not only the offspring of the wealthy Kyoto family but he also was a master of poetry. On this scroll he compiled three poems about his favorite spots in and near Osaka. Written in his distinctive calligraphic style we can still enjoy what he put down hundreds of years ago.


At Suminoe
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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