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:
I will keep it to myself
that the flowers were shedding tears
in a corner of the garden
If the news were to spread,
and the bees were to hear of it,
they would feel so guilty,
they might return the honey.
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.