By Stephen Addiss
In the literary and inventive milieu of early smooth Japan the chinese language and jap arts flourished part by means of part. Kodôjin, the "Old Taoist" (1865-1944), was once the final of those nice poet-painters in Japan. Portraying this final consultant of a convention of light and subtle artistry in the course of a society that valued fiscal development and nationwide fulfillment, this fantastically illustrated e-book incorporates a big variety of his best poems, work, and calligraphy.
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15). Unfortunately, it is not clear who the ‘‘three men’’ might be whom he calls teachers: Figure 13. ’’ Kod ojin ¯ Ink on paper, private collection. 43 44 Kodo¯jin’s Life and Art Figure 14. ’’ Kod ojin ¯ Ink on paper, private collection. Visiting My Elder Brother in Poetry What evening is this evening? By chance has come this fine occasion. For a thousand years we share this style, three men have been our teachers. Our drinking now is based on letters; the Way we would never refuse. We harmonize feelings by means of wine, empty our wills by means of poems.
15 In a second anecdote, Kodo¯jin was approached by a wealthy man in 1934 to write out one of his kanshi as an example of his calligraphy, but did not 41 42 Kodo¯jin’s Life and Art immediately answer the request. The client then asked Ozaki Sakujiro¯, one of Kodo¯jin’s followers, to act as a go-between. Ozaki persuaded Kodo¯jin to do the calligraphy and then told the client it would cost three hundred yen, a high sum at that time. When Kodo¯jin received the money, he was greatly surprised and told Ozaki to return it.
I let down my hair and whistle out long each day, wander free and easy, enjoying nature alone. From time to time the bright moon comes, its reflection appearing right in my cup of wine. The following painting (ﬁg. 5) shows the stream, bamboo, and rocks, but where is the poet? By leaving himself out of the painting, perhaps Kodo¯jin is inviting us to enter the scene ourselves. ’’ —Living in seclusion, I write poems on ancient feelings. Here in the mountains I naturally preserve the Way; beneath forest trees I have now lodged my life.
Old Taoist by Stephen Addiss