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Tomioka Tessai | Letter to Kondo Buntaro

Tomioka Tessai | Letter to Kondo Buntaro

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Letter to Kondo Buntaro (1839-1918), the manager
of a sea food company. He was not only Tessai's
childhood friend but also one of his long time
patrons and collector of Tessai's work. In 2007
the Okura Shukokan Museum in Tokyo showed 47
scrolls from the Kondo Family collection. The
present letter reads:

"The winter is rather warm at the moment. We
relish such a season. At your home, your family
must be fine... this is because of your good
deeds, congratulations! My wife has been very
sick, and she has not recovered yet. However,
gradually, she seems to be getting better. I
am concerned that she doesn't eat well. I have
just received your kindness in the timely
delivery of presents. Everybody is happy. The
other day, my older sister came to my house to
see my wife. On her way home, I heard she
visited you. Then, (through her) you sent me a
letter. Thank you very much. Kyoto is silent.
As usual, I am busy. I have to take care of a
sick person and spending my days in a tizzy. So,
for now, quickly, I am writing this letter to
thank you." - With best regards, this 25th day
of the 12th month, Tomioka Hyakuren.

First Postscript
The glue plant [=funori, an edible alga] which
you sent I used it thankfully. The fish-shaped
sponge cake was just splendid. I showed it to
the one who is ill [=Tessai's wife].

Second Postscript:
Regarding Mr. Ishizaki [Ishizaki Heihachiro, the
owner of the company Kondo Buntaro was working
for] and his query about folding screens, I
explained the method to him. Was he satisfied or
not? He never let me know. I don't mind.

The envelope is addressed:
Mitsugahama, Iyo
Mr. Kondo Buntaro

Kondo Buntaro was the manager of a sea trade
company which was owned by the Ishizaki family
in Mitsuno.

Tomioka Tessai (1836-1924)
Letter to Kondo Buntaro, dated 1902
Ink on paper
17.2 x 70.9 cm (6 3/4 x 27 3/4 in.)
Mounting: 105 x 73 cm (41 1/4 x 28 3/4 in.)
Wooden box