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You Cannot Buy Culture

Although Rengetsu was usually happy to brush calligraphy for her visitors, on one occasion she refused. A high-ranking official with a retinue …

Kamo River Calligraphy

This gloating world’s Dirt and grime Flows away, And all is purified By the waves of Kamo River. ~Rengetsu age seventy-eight A …

Martial Art Teacup

もの々ふ乃 やしまのうらの ゆふしほに ながれもあえぬ  弓はりの月 蓮月 mononofu no/yashima no ura no/yuu shiho ni/nagaremo aenu/ yumihari no tsuki (The Moon Above the Ocean) The bow-shaped …

Rengetsu, the Martial Artist

Rengetsu, then known as Nobu, was introduced to swordplay around the age of six by her adoptive father Teruhisa, an amateur swordsman …

Butterfly Painting and Poem by Otagaki Rengetsu

Butterfly

Ukarekite                               Sporting and sleeping Hana no no …

Bamboo Root Tea Pot

  Bamboo Root Tea Pot by Kagen with poem by Rengetsu: Yado kasanu hito no tsurasa o nasake nite Oborotsuki yo no hana …

Fulfillment

Rengetsu hit her stride at age sixty and went on to produce a huge corpus of work—poetry, calligraphy, pottery, painting, and collaborations–over …

Cups

In the fields, in the mountains, I was enthralled, so enthralled; On the way back home, The autumn moon accompanied me, Right …