Kobayakawa Kiyoshi, (1896-1948)
Aki and cherry blossoms
hanging scroll, ink and colors on paper; signed Kiyoshi with artist's seal Kobayakawa, with tomobako titled on the lid, Shushoku Sakura, and signed on the inside of the lid, Kiyoshi with artist's seal Kobayakawa, ca. early Showa Period
painting 135 by 32.5 cm
overall 225.5 by 46.5 cm
The painting depicts the legendary Aki of the Genroku era (1688-1703), the daughter of a well-known Nihonbashi sweet shop owner, and a student of the haiku poet Takarai Kikakku. Her haiku name was Shushikjo (lit. 'autumn colored lady'). At the age of thirteen, while attending cherry blossom viewing at Ueno, Aki was struck by the somewhat reckless party-like atmosphere and wrote a poem on a tanzaku slip which she tied to a branch of a cherry tree.
the cherry tree at the well
The poem caught the attention of a temple abbot, Kokanho Shinno (a son of the Emperor Higashiyama [1675-1710]), who was surprised to discover it was written by a young girl.
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