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Dream poem
© Haruyo

1000: Dream poem (Haruyo)

A beauty from the Heian period, a thousand years or so ago, has a pensive look under the full moon. Haruyo has added a poem by a famously beautiful poetess of the period, Ono no Komachi. (This is a waka, comprising 5-7-5-7-7 syllables.)

Utsutsu ni wa / samo koso arame / yume ni sae / hitome wo moru to / miru ga wabishisa
Not to meet in real life is hard enough, but for cares to keep you from me even in my dreams is more than I can bear.

The artist Morita Haruyo studied both Japanese art and kimono design, and she combines these with elements of her own Western-influenced technique. (She travelled to London in 1977, exactly the year I [Brian Chandler] first came to Tokyo.)

Morita is her family name: she follows the tradition of signing - and sealing - paintings with her given name only.

Permanently unavailable
Discontinued May 2019
An Epoch puzzle: 1000 pieces; 50 x 75 cm (20" x 30")
Code: E11478 (11-478 on package)
Retail price ¥3000

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