Image: 37 x 13.2 cm (14 9/16 x 5 3/16 inches)
Signature / Inscription / Marks
Poem: Konna na yo ga/mata mo arô ka/tsuki ni kari Will it come again--/another night like this one?/Wild geese and the moon (trans. Marks in Bogel)Preferred reading is Konna, not Komu as in Bogel Kari is a season word (kigo) for autumn. Marks notes that the homophone for yô (evening) in the first line is yo (world), making the mood more emphatic. The poem may also be slightly more personal with the sense that a person has realized for the first time the beauty of the scene and wonders if there will be a chance he or she will see it again in his/her lifetime:Full moon and geese-could there ever be another night like this one?Inscription verso, bottom left in pencil:426
EditionAn early impression with careful printing and coloration on thick paper; the cloud line at the lower left is on the diagonal, not on the horizontal as in the later 34.227.1 and there is embossing on the feathers of the geese and at the edge of the moon
Gift of Mrs. John D. Rockefeller, Jr.