Poems by Princess Takamado
  • Object Name: painting
  • Artist: Kataoka, Shikō (Japanese, 1928-2014)
  • Date Made: 2008
  • Culture/Nationality: Japanese
  • Place Made: Japan: Hyōgo, Takarazuka
  • Materials: ink on hand-made paper
  • Measurements: overall: 13.7 cm x 21.2 cm
  • Credit Line: Gift of the artist
  • Related People: Princess Takamado (author); Osaka Maekawa Seikandō (mounter)
  • Accession No.: 2008.14.3.3
  • Description: Poem on the topic of moon, composed by Princess Takamado in 2007 (Heisei 18).
  • Inscriptions: .
    Under the light
    of the moon
    of Shiretoko
    an owl perches
    in a tree top

    translated by Anne Commons
  • Subject Terms: calligraphy, ink, Japanese, moon, moonlight, owl, paper, perched, poem, princess, tree

Additional Information

Related People

Osaka Maekawa Seikandō (Osaka mounting firm (Seikandō Co., Ltd.))
Since the beginning of her career, Kataoka has employed the services of only one mounting firm, the Osaka Maekawa Seikando, which is currently presided over by Maekawa Satoshi, the 40th generation proprietor. The firm, which specializes in mounting and framing as well as restoration of antique works, was founded in the early 17th century. Although Kataoka herself has the final say in mounting materials and design of the work, she credits Maekawa Satoshi with making a significant contribution ot the artistic effects of her works. He often suggests materials and mounting styles. Sometimes he inspires her to do works simply by showing her rare, new materials that have come into his hands.

Princess Takamado (Japanese, born 1953)
Princess Takamado graduated from Girton College, Cambridge University in the UK in 1975 with undergraduate degrees in anthropology and archaeology. She met Prince Takamado in 1984 at a reception held by the Canadian Embassy in Tokyo, and they married later that year.

The Princess continues her late husband's work - fostering global understanding through education, and has enthusiastically nurtured a very close relationship with the University of Alberta since his death.