In this world there are certain forms
Which bring (welcome) thoughts to mind.
The eggplant serves as a symbol of happiness.
Rengetsu age 82 (1872)
In 1823, after the death of her husband, Otagaki Rengetsu entered a Buddhist nunnery and took the Buddhist name Rengetsu (Lotus Moon). She is best known as a poet, but is also remembered for her calligraphy and painting. Rengetsu was also adept at dancing, sewing, the tea ceremony and some forms of martial arts.