Midsummer Poem by Taigu Ryokan

Midsummer

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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.

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Fabrizio Frosini 26 November 2016

It is said that Ryokan 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.

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Fabrizio Frosini 26 November 2016

Ryokan 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 26 November 2016

he loved sake! Rice wine, like Sake, typically has a higher alcohol content,18%–25%, than grape wine (9%–16%)

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