Descending Geese at Haneda


Descending Geese at Haneda
Print   (Part of the set: Edo Kinko Hakkei (1920s))


38.30 cm
25.50 cm


Print is Public Domain; Photography is:   Creative Commons License


Publisher's notes from the original pamphlet:

A great expanse of marsh-reeds; a clump of trees, two huts and drying fish-nets, bottom left; the woods around the Benzaiten Shrine, the torii leading to it, and several houses adjoining it, in the middle background; sails against the horizon, left and right, and the black silhouetted shapes of anchored ships, extreme left. Two descending flights of wild geese; one fairly close in, at the right; the other high in the sky, at the top in the middle of the print.

The first of the four poems is by Taihaido himself, the commissioner of the print-series. His verse is a rather precarious comparison of children playfully barring the way on the path through the Haneda marsh with the "fallen feathers from the wild geese woven into a long rope." The second poem, by Momozono Sanzenki, draws a likeness between the wild geese and the floss of the marsh-reeds. The third poem, by Asayado Massugu, compares the wild geese to "characters written by a thrown brush." The fourth poem, signed by Daiseiro Shimpu, observes that the cries of the homing geese are like the sounds made by children blowing on "flutes" made of blades of oat-grass.

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