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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.    

かぐや姫

竹取りの翁によって、光り輝く竹から見つけられたかぐや姫。美しく成長したかぐや姫は帝や貴公子たちから求婚を受けるも、満月の夜に現れた月の使いに連れられて月へと帰ってゆく竹取物語。

Learn more about Moon Princess Kaguya

“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


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