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Sweet Osmanthus and the Hesitating Breezes by dosankodebbie

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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:

Sweet Osmanthus
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.

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etegami, poetry, japan, folk art, childrens literature, osmanthus, fragrance, garden, wind, breeze, sumi, washi, flower, orange, yellow

I am a professional Japanese-to-English translator and an Etegami artist. Etegami is a traditional Japanese folk art that combines thoughtful words with simple images painted on washi paper.

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  • Sally Griffin
    Sally Griffinabout 3 years ago

    sweet and lovely image, Debbie!

  • Misuzu Kaneko’s poems are perfect for etegami. They practically beg to be painted. : )

    – dosankodebbie

  • davvi
    davviabout 3 years ago

    well done.li like your work.

  • Thank you so much. Your encouragement always makes me want to paint more and more.

    – dosankodebbie

  • davvi
    davviabout 3 years ago

    thanks for sharing.your work looked simple.but it has lots of deep meaning.that’s why i like your job.

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