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image & haiku: Isshi Iwata || calligraphy Marianne Burke

"Mountain Ash" - red berries

Nanakamado - mountain ash is a very hard tree. Nanakamado means "if it is 7 (nana) times in the oven (kamado in Japanese), the tree will still not burn." Takuboku was a great poet in Japan. He was born in Iwateken. Isshi Iwata visited Morioka and he saw the beautiful red Nanakamado berries near Morioka station. The station sign was written by Takuboku Ishikawa.

Marianne Burke is a member of the Greater Cincinnati Calligrapher's Guild. Email: mburke@fuse.net