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Taiga?s True Views: The Language of Landscape Painting in Eighteenth-Century Japan by Melinda Takeuchi (1994-06-01)
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Tokyo in summer, long ago...

It is the summer that makes life in Tokyo most beautiful... Bamboo cages with singing insects, painted fans, mosquito nets, sweet-smelling reed blinds and awnings, bells tinkling in the night breeze, lanterns, dwarf plants set into miniature landscapes - where else are there appurtenances of such delicacy? ... Sometimes, walking along a canal of a summer evening, I have found myself drunk with a mood as of hearing a samisen somewhere - in a courtesan's room, perhaps, in a scene from Mokuami's "The Robbers."

 

- Nagai Kafu (1879-1959) 

 

translation by Edward Seidensticker