Chokudai for 2012

Every year in Japan the emperor sets a theme for the New Year – this is called CHOKUDAI. This is also the theme for the Imperial poetry contest. The theme for next year is KISHI 岸 - shore, other side

The Roshi also wrote a calligraphy which uses this theme, it is the second line of a double verse:


Kishi ni kakatte hana sakashima ni shozu.

Hanging from a cliff, the flower grows upside down

Even in extreme difficulties, life still continues.

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