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Hashimoto Kaikan (1854-1935)
Signed: Kaikan
Seals: Hashi Toku Inshin, Yûrin, Kûmae ikô (bt)
Technique: colours on silk 130.6 x 36.5
Mounting: brown raw silk
195 x 48.8
Condition: very good

緑柳風吹歌 長江水色幽 桃花沿上出 下有一漁舟
The wind blows a song through the green willows
The colour of the Yangzi water is quiet
Flowering peaches along the ascending road
Down below a fishing boat.
A Chinese style zekku poem (just kana)

Kaikan was born in Akashi, Hyogo prefecture as the son of Hashimoto Bunsui, married to the painter Shôkei and the father of Hashimoto Kansetsu (1883-1945). Kaikan build a reputation of his own after he continued his fathers position as Hanju, a confucianist teacher for the Akashi domain.

He taught Chinese studies and poetry and gained a great reputation as a scholar. From all over the world people came to his house to know about his opinions on art as well as on scholarly matters.

He lived in Kobe and studied calligraphy with Kiro Ichimura. Kaikan was known as good poet, an even better calligrapher and as a self-taught painter.

Berry 2001 p. 191
Araki p. 1584