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The Monk-Poet Ryokan

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Ryokan was a much beloved poet-monk who eschewed power for a simpler life. He was particularly loved by children, as he was their constant playmate whenever he was in town :) It wasn`t at all a cake walk though. If you read his poems in the book One Robe, One Bowl, you`ll see how lonely and how utterly starved he gets. Here I was trying to show the fragility and threadbareness of his life, but at the same time the freedom and joy in it.

So what do you guys see in it, and where? It would really help me out if I hear from you :)

Original sumi-e. From Jun. 23, 2011. Sumi ink and color on shikishi.
Image size
1566x1743px 1.48 MB
Make
Panasonic
Model
DMC-TZ5
Shutter Speed
10/400 second
Aperture
F/4.6
Focal Length
13 mm
ISO Speed
100
Date Taken
Jun 25, 2011, 5:32:50 PM
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jasondcrane's avatar
This is really wonderful. I administer a Ryokan account on Twitter (@ryokantweets) and came across this image while doing some research.