by Matsuzaka Kian (1892-1959)
Poem by Emperor Meiji:
Employ the bow and arrow
to keep the divine land
but even in halycyon times
Respectfully brushed and inscribed by Kyokushin*
*The pen name that Matsuzaka employed before he took the name "Kian."
About the Artist
Kian was a Shingon monk, born in Okayama Prefecture. Kian spent his entire life there, serving as longtime abbot of Hokai-in. He was famed for his gentle and kind nature, and was called, "The 20th century Ryokan." Kian was a talented and prolific artist; his brushwork was based on the style of Jiun.