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Subject:Help Identify Antique Japanese Letter ?
Posted By: John Miller Tue, Oct 30, 2018 IP: 2601:204:cf80:212e:5

Any idea of who wrote this letter, and who it was addressed to ? Also, what is the overall message if anyone understands the content ?

Thanks again,

Subject:Re: Help Identify Antique Japanese Letter ?
Posted By: I.Nagy Sat, Nov 03, 2018

Dear John,
The inscriptions on the sheet of paper are occasional poems and haiku citations by members of a friendly
Japanese company of literati on ageing.
The first (right hand side) one is a short poem from the noted Chinese poet Zhang Jiuling (678-740) titled
"Seeing the white hair in the mirror"
宿昔青雲志 - In the past I saw a dream
磋跎白髪年 - My gray hair increased before I knew
誰知明鏡裏 - I see my figure in mirror
形影白相憐 - All my wrinkles need to be pitied


The 3rd haiku,
Kassui mata miru kage mo naki okina ka na
Chilled yuzu-water and the miserable old man


Colophon on the left side with the sketch of an old man (Pic.2)
12th Year of Bunsei era, Year of Earth-Buffalo (1829) June
復吉刷写井関直助 - Drew by Iseki Naosuke, Fukukichi
所持之軸地 - On the owner's scroll paper
十八歳 - 18 years of age (reverse reading 80 )

Back side (Pic, 3)
Independent of the front side, other date and signatures.

With regards,
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