The Venerable Nun Rengetsu in her Hermitage in Shogo Village
by Tomioka Tessai
Rengetsu is depicted in her hermitage brushing a poem on a tanzaku, with her potter’s wheel to her right and her ceramic ware stacked on shelves in the hut next door. Shogo village is on the outskirts of Kyoto, home to Shogo-in temple, one of the main centers for yamabushi (mountain wizard) practice. The mountain village district surrounding the temple is considered sacred.