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Katsushika Hokusai

Abe no Nakamaro, from the series A True Mirror of Chinese and Japanese Poems, c. 1833

Color woodblock print; nagaban

<p>This poet is also the seventh in the series One Hundred Poems by One Hundred Poets. The artist presents here the more mature Nakamaro seated on the terrace of a Chinese palace with a group of friends. He remained in China more than thirty years, never returning to his home near Nara. The poem implied here is the same as that in the other print, now directed to the moon itself. In spite of a successful career in China, he never became reconciled to his exile.</p>