dated Meiji 5 (1872)
Awasebako, collector's box
Tabako-bon made with old planks from the ceiling of the Kôdaiji temple
“A friend who offered me old planks from the ceiling of the Kôdaiji temple in Higashiyama (a temple of the Rinzai school of Zen Buddhism in Kyoto), I made this pair of tabako-bon.
As they are accessories that promote distinguished conversations and refined poetic quotes in my hosts' mornings among the flowers and evenings in the moonlight * they will forever be the treasures of the family.
Meiji 5 (1872), spring, 3rd month. Sôsui [an] shujin (the master of the Blue and Green Hermitage).
Written by Tensûô ("Celestial Fate" the Old Man), above the lake.
Traduction by Alain Briot