In Matsuyama in Cherry Blossom Time, we were treated to a bunraku lady in daylight. This shows her secret, a puppetmaster who makes her move. In the performance we saw later,
the drama was very moving; one completely forgot about the puppetmaster, who
does not show against the black backdrop on the dimly lighted stage.
If you ever get a chance to see this, be sure to go! It is an amazing art!
Kino kure kyo mata kurete yuku haru ya
today again there will be an end--
spring is going
Yuku haru ya omotaki biwa no daki gokoro
The going of spring!
The heaviness of a mandolin
felt while it is held.
Haiku Master Buson, Yuki Sawa and
Edith M. Schiffert, Heian, 1978, both on page 57.