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Otagaki Rengetsu 'This genteman' sencha tea set 1830-75 glazed stoneware, incised calligraphy Private collection, Switzerland

 

Otagaki Rengetsu
'This gentleman, sencha' tea set, 1830–75
glazed stoneware; incised calligraphy,
various sizes
Private collection, Switzerland.

 

This poem is on the water cooler, other poems illegible.

 

This gentleman
grows and grows
auspiciously:
learn from it and
you will ever flourish.

(trans. John Stevens)