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A Quarterly Journal
Jeffrey Woodward, Founder & General Editor
Volume 9, Number 2, June 2015

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Angelee Deodhar
Chandigarh, India


Gudabutsuan

Recently I received a get well gift book from Japan with exquisite off-white paper and a cover of silk with embossed iridescent pink and lilac dragonflies. I felt my scribbles would defile the pages. As I lay ill in bed, tracing over the ephemera on my notebook, they brought to mind an ailing Shiki propped up by his sister who brought him delicacies to eat, as he wrote furiously about the news, tanka, haiku or about gifts which he received, a twig of blossoming wisteria, and the little he could see beyond his shoji screen.

Untouched—
the last persimmon
falls to the ground


Author's Note: In 1895, Shiki stayed with Natsume Soseki in his rented house which Soseki called Gudabutsuan.

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