The Venerable Nun Rengetsu in her Hermitage in Shogon-in Village
by Tomioka Tessai
Rengetsu is depicted here in her hermitage, brushing a poem on a tanzaku, with her potter’s wheel to her right and her ceramic ware stacked on shelves in the hut next door. Shogon-in village is on the outskirts of Kyoto, home to Shogon-in temple, one of the main centers for yamabushi (mountain wizard) practice. The mountain village district surrounding the temple is considered sacred.