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The River Ide-Tamagawa

From the series "Six Tamagawa Rivers" 

Suzuki Harunobu (1725-1770)

Chuban, woodblock colour print

Ca. 1768

Tikotin Collection

P-U 36

28 x 19.5 cm

 

One print from the series "The Six Tamagawa Rivers" (Jewel Rivers). The beauties in the prints are compared with each of the rivers. In the square frame, upper right corner, a poem composed by Fujiwara no Shunzei (Toshinari; 1114-1204) about the beauty of the river Tamagawa in Ide, where Japanese globeflowers (yamabuki) bloom. The poem is included in the anthology "Shin-Kokinshu II", no. 159.

 

koma tomete

nao mizu kawan

yamabuki no

hana no tsuyu so

Ide no Tamagawa

 

I stop my pony

to water him;

dew drops from

the petals of the mountain rose

to the Tamagawa River in Id

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