The KATANA Art of Nalu Miyamoto 2: Moon Princess Kaguya
We continue with the Katana Papercutting Art of Nalu Miyamoto. Nalu shares with us – Moon Princess Kaguya – the second of her series on Japanese princesses (some real and some mythical).
Katana Papercutting Art #2:
Moon Princess Kaguya
NM: The story goes..
One day an old man Haketori-no-okina found a mysterious, shining stalk of bamboo. After cutting it open, he found inside it an infant the size of his thumb. He rejoiced to find such a beautiful girl and took her home. He and his wife raised her as their own child and named her Princess Kaguya.
Princess Kaguya grew more beautiful and received marriage proposals from the Emperor and five young noblemen. However, one night when the moon was full, beautiful moon people appeared in the sky and Princess Kuguya returned to the moon.
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|“Moon Princess Kaguya”
Katana Papercutting Art by NALU MIYAMOTO
Photo Courtesy of the Artist
Here is the second haiku that Sairi Yoshino, a poet-friend of Nalu, has especially written to accompany the artist’s Katana art:
Shadow of the moon Her pure tears are swaying
穢れなき 涙に揺れる 月の影
Haiku by Sairi Yoshino
俳句 吉野 彩里
English translation by Nalu Miyamoto