Mori Sosen was a great master in capturing the character and personalities of a variety of animals. Most noted for his depiction of monkeys, he also did numerous birds and also loved puppies. Caught in a moment of play, Sosen shows perfectly the boundless energy and curiosity that baby animals all seem to have.

Tao Yuanming Sitting on a Pine Tree

Tao Yuanming (365-427) was a famous Chinese poet. Born into an impoverished official family, he was torn between ambition to succeed and a desire to retreat from the world. While his poetry was much admired in later China and Japan, he is perhaps best known for a short tale he composed of a hidden utopia […]