This etegami was inspired by a little poem written for children by the Japanese poet and songwriter Misuzu Kaneko (1903–1930). I’ve tried to do justice to it with my translation below:
The sweet fragrance of osmanthus
fills the garden.
The breezes hesitate
at the gate,
debating whether or not to enter.
This is an original Etegami painting on an oversized washi card. Etegami is a traditional Japanese folk art that combines simple images with thoughtful words.