Taigu Ryokan

(1758-1831 / Japan)

Midsummer - Poem by Taigu Ryokan

Midsummer --
I walk about with my staff.
Old farmers spot me
And call me over for a drink.
We sit in the fields
using leaves for plates.
Pleasantly drunk and so happy
I drift off peacefully
Sprawled out on a paddy bank.

Comments about Midsummer by Taigu Ryokan

  • Fabrizio Frosini (11/26/2016 9:26:00 AM)

    It is said that Ryōkan loved to attend the midsummer Bon Festivals. Because he was a monk, he would normally be unable to attend, but sneaked in disguised as a woman. (Report) Reply

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  • Fabrizio Frosini (11/26/2016 9:22:00 AM)

    Ryōkan was fond of rice wine (Sake) and would sometimes drink it to excess
    [ '' I send one of the children to buy some country wine / And after I'm drunk, toss off a few lines of calligraphy ''
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  • Fabrizio Frosini (11/26/2016 9:21:00 AM)

    he loved sake!
    Rice wine, like Sake, typically has a higher alcohol content,18%–25%, than grape wine (9%–16%)
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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, August 31, 2010

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