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Summer Themed Scroll

Post  Kakejiku on Thu Oct 20, 2011 10:37 pm

I am sure many of you prefer Sumie...But I will get those up tomorrow...This is the full translation of the meaning of this poem for Summer clouds. Also, note that for each season I am trying to match symbols with color and patterns in the cloth...

I am trying hard to make scrolls that would work for displays with your bonsai...

夏雲多奇峰-かうんきほうおおしKaun Ki Hou Ooshi
Strong Like the Summer clouds

Life concerns itself deeply with nature’s changing. The sweltering summer is said to be symbolic of the power of life.

The bright blue, cloudless summer day of early afternoon lends itself to the towering summer cloud. The cloud seems to transform into the shape of a mountain, and this is the meaning of 奇峰Kihou. It is a magnificent sight. This clouds development causes a boiled up feeling of excitement, and the meaning of this poem is representative of how the excitement of life unfolds.

The source, known by the field and country poets, is one verse of the poem “Four Seasons” by 陶淵明Touenmei. 「春水は四沢に満ち、夏雲奇峰多し。秋月明輝を揚げ、冬嶺孤松に秀でず」。In the springtime, the melting snow fills the streams to almost overflowing. In the summer, powerful clouds are forming and flying high overhead. In Autumn the moon is reflecting brightly, and in the winter the lone pine clinging to the side of the mountains summit stands tall against the bitter cold wind.

People seldom plan to go deep into nature, and this poem helps us to understand the beautiful countryside.

Name in Kanji Name in English Size in Bun Size in Inches
天 Ten 90 10.74
上一文字 Ue Ichimonji 0 0.00
紙本の幅さ Artwork Width 18 13.84
紙本の長さ Artwork Length 116 2.15
柱 Pillars 9 1.07
下一文字 Shita Ichimonji 0 0.00
地 Chi 55 6.56
掛け軸の幅さ Scroll Width 36 4.29
掛け軸の長さ Scroll Length 261 31.14

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