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55. Nakajima Kahô (1866-1939)
Climbing carp
Signed: Kahô
Seals: Kahô nioin, Kenshô
Technique: colours on silk 123 x 49.8
Mounting: taupe and brown brocade
bone rollers, 184 x 63.4
Condition: some wear of the silk, otherwise good

A carp that swims up the Dragon Gate Waterfall will be transformed into a dragon.
Not one carp in 10,000 can climb the falls.
The story stands for the difficultyies of attaining Buddhahood.

Kahô was born in Kyoto, son of the painter Nakajima Kayô (died1877), who studied with Yokoyama Kazan (1784-1837). Kahô studied painting under Mori Kansai (1814-92) and calligraphy with his brother-in-law Tomioka Tessai (1836-1924), who was married to his sister Tatsu. Kahô studied haiga works by Kikaku, Buson and Gekkei, and made his own interpretations.
He participated in numerous exhibitions, including the World Exhibition in Chicago in 1893.

Oranda Jin 2012
Araki p. 2030
Berry & Morioka ‘08 p. 285
Haiku & Haiga p. 195
Berry '01 pp. 176-177