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62. Nakajima Kahô (1866-1939)
Nihonga
Anthology of haiga
Signed: Kahô
Seals: Kahô, Kenshô
Technique: sumi on paper, 14.5 x 12
Condition: very good

14 double page paintings in green brocade covers

1. Hattori Ransetsu (1654-1707) - 元日や晴て雀のものがたり
Ganjitsu ya harete suzume no monogatari.
New year’s day, / about the cloudless sky / the sparrow tells us.

2. Yosa Buson (1716-1783) - 白梅や墨芳しき鴻臚館。
Hakubai ya Sumi kaguwashiki, kôrokan.
The white apricot / the smell of ink in / the trading office.
(Kôrokan was an office for foreign trade in the Heian period had long since ceased to
exist in Buson's time.)

3. Buson - 大仏にこれる奈良なる八日かな
Daibutsu ni koreru Nara naru yôka kana.
At the great Buddha / this takes place in Nara / on the eighth day.
(On the eighth of the fourth month the washing day of the Buddha child falls: a statue in a
lotus shaped bowl is poured over with water.)

4. Mukai Kyorai (1651-1704) - あそぶともゆくともしらぬ 燕かな。
Asobu to mo yuku to mo shiranu tsubame kana.
Amusing itself / or going somewhere is not clear / with the swallow!

5. Buson - 筏士のみのやあらしの花衣
Ikadashi no mino ya arashi no hanagoromo.
The raftsman’s straw raincoat / the cherry blossom on his robe / looking into the
storm.

6. Sugiyama Sanpû (1647-1732) - 朝顔やその日その日の花の出来
Asagao ya sono hi sono hi no hana no deki.
On the bindweed / day after day there / flower after flower.

7. Matsuo Bashô (1644-1694) - 昼見れば首筋赤きほたる哉
Haru mireba kubisuji akaki hotaru kana.
Seen in full daylight / the firefly has / a red neck.

8. Buson - 菊作り汝は菊の奴かな
Kikuzukuri, nanji wa kiku no yakko kana.
Grower of Chrysanthemum / you are the slave of the / Chrysanthemums!

9. Buson - こもり居て雨うたがふや蝸牛
Komori ite ame utagau ya katatsumuri.
Withdrawn into its house, doubting about rain, the snail.

10. Kaga no Chiyo-jo (1703-1775) - 叩いてもこころの知れぬ西瓜
Hataite mo kokoro no shirenu suika kana.
Knocking on it / I don't recognize its heart / the watermelon.

11. Naitô Jôsô (1662-1704) - 水底の岩に落つく木の葉かな
Minakoso no iwai no otsuku kinoha kana.
At the bottom of the water / on a stone it ends up / the leaf of the tree.

12. Takarai Kikaku (1661-1707) - 茸狩りや鼻の先なる歌がるた
Takegari ya hana no saki naru utagaruta.
Mushroom hunting / for their noses are still / poetry cards.
(while watching the [bottoms of] girls looking for mushrooms)

13. Buson - 笠とれて面目もなきかゞしかな
Kasa torete menboku mo naki kagashi kana.
Taking off their hats / it shows they don’t have faces / the scarecrow.

14. Buson - 宿かさぬ火影や雪の家つづき
Yado kasanu hokage ya yuki no ietsuzuki.
Nowhere to shelter / in the snow burns fire / in every house.

Kahô was born in Kyoto, son of the painter Nakajima Kayô (died1877), who studied with Yokoyama Kazan (1784-1837). Kahô studied painting under Mori Kansai (1814-92) and calligraphy with his brother-in-law Tomioka Tessai (1836-1924), who was married to his sister Tatsu. Kahô studied haiga works by Kikaku, Buson and Gekkei, and made his own interpretations.
He participated in numerous exhibitions, including the World Exhibition in Chicago in 1893.

Reference:
Oranda Jin 2012
Araki p. 2030
Berry & Morioka ‘08 p. 285
Haiku & Haiga p. 195
Berry '01 pp. 176-177

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