Image: 38.4 x 12.9 cm (15 1/8 x 5 1/16 inches)
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Poem: Shûkaidô/sono ha a nani o/nani omoi Begonia flower--/tell us what, what in the world/are those leaves thinking? (trans. Marks in Bogel)A very slightly different reading can be: Begonia flower: what, oh what, are your leaves thinking?The begonia leaf signifies unrequited love; the curled leaf shows one side only, as a lover may show only one side of his or her feelings. Shûkaidô is a season word (kigo) for autumn, the season associated with melancholy.
Gift of Mrs. John D. Rockefeller, Jr.