Poem from the "Collection of Ancient and Modern Verse"

古今和歌集の内 和歌一首


Takaki Seikaku 高木聖鶴

(Japanese, 1923–2017)
Sheet: 36 x 50 cm (14 3/16 x 19 11/16 in.); Image: 18.5 x 21.5 cm (7 5/16 x 8 7/16 in.); Mounted: 120 x 40 cm (47 1/4 x 15 3/4 in.)
Location: 235A Japanese
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Poem number 355 from the Collection of Ancient and Modern Verse dates to the ninth century.


This calligraphy is a copy of an ancient Japanese poem originally composed to celebrate someone’s sixtieth birthday, when people are traditionally considered to enter a new phase of life. It expresses hopes for longevity, symbolized by a bird and animal who legendarily have long lives. It says:

The crane and the turtle
after the passage of a thousand years
meet I know not what,
yet with all the longing of my heart,
that is what I wish for you.
Poem from the "Collection of Ancient and Modern Verse"

Poem from the "Collection of Ancient and Modern Verse"


Takaki Seikaku

(Japanese, 1923–2017)
Japan, Heisei period (1989–2019)

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