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Noro Kaiseki (1747-1828)
Mount Fuji
Signed: Hachijû shu Hekisai
Seals: Shihekisai
Technique: sumi on paper 30,7 x 43,7
Date: 1826
Mounting: blue damask and beige silk
black wooden rollers, 112 x 56,1
Box: inscribed
Condition: very good

The inscription poem 318 from the Manyoshû by Yamane no Akahito (fl. 724–736) is written Manyogana script, an early audio script.
Tago no urayu / uchiidete mireba / mashiro ni zo / Fuji no taken ni / yuki wa furikeru.

From the bay at Tago
when gazing out I see
Pure white on the heights of Fuji’s peak-
Snow has fallen. (Akahito)

Unlike most of his literati colleagues Kaiseki was well-to-do and could afford the best teachers.

At the age of 21 he moved to Kyoto and studied for three years with Taiga (1723-76). They became good friends. After his return to his native Wakayama in 1793 to serve the daimyô as the supervisor of sake brewing, which later was extended to the supervision of the production of copper, sugar cane and timber.
During his travels he met a lot of famous literati throughout the country and became friendly with the circle of Rai San’yô (1780-1832).

Rosenfield B. 67
Cahill p. 48
Roberts p. 64
Araki pp. 378-381

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