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Arido_shi Shrine: Gallery Label - Current


Minneapolis Institute of Arts



Institution Minneapolis Institute of Arts
An episode that took place in front of the Arito_shi Shrine in the modern-day Osaka inspired Hokusai to create this composition. One rainy night, the famous poet Ki no Tsurayuki (868-945) came upon Arito_shi Shrine on his way back to Kyoto from Tosa province, where he held the post of provincial governor. Because of inclement weather, he decided to forego his previous plan to stop and pay his respects at the shrine. His horse, however, suddenly collapsed at the gateway. Tsurayuki took this as a sign that his neglectful attitude had offended the shrine deity. He quickly paid homage to the shrine and recited a poem dedicated to the deity. As soon as he uttered the final syllable, his horse miraculously stood up, and Tsurayuki was able to continue his journey.
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Added to Site: March 10, 2009