Simply Haiku: A Quarterly Journal of Japanese Short Form Poetry
Spring 2008, vol 6 no 1

 

TRADITIONAL HAIGA
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Nantembo (1839-1925)
Renpatsu Unsui Zu

1921
Procession of monks
Ink on paper
120,3 x 32 cm

Wandering monks from the four seas, Begging bowls resounding like thunder. With staff and hat, Roving through the village.

Young Zen monks are called unsui (clouds and water), deriving from k˘un ryűsai (passing clouds and flowing water) as they move from place to place restless like wind and water. The visual impression is remarkable, and has lent itself to one of the most charming and beloved subjects in Zen painting. Although the theme is known to have been painted by Zen monk-artists before, it was Nantemb˘ who simplified the composition. One of Nantemb˘'s most delightful subjects
Stephen Addiss
 
 

 


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