July 2, 2014

Hojoki III



Nor is it clear to me, as people are born and die, where they are coming from and where they are going.  Nor why, being so ephemeral in this world, they take such pains to make their houses pleasing to the eye.  The master and the dwelling are competing in their transience.  Both will perish from this world like the morning glory that blooms in the morning dew.  In some cases, the dew may evaporate first, while the flower remains--but only to be withered by the morning sun.  In others the flower may wither even before the dew is gone, but no one expects the dew to last until evening.-- KAMO NO CHOMEI

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