The stag, Makes his bed on thick-grown grass, Wilting at the tips; Beneath it, a plain, The autumn wind is blowing.
Fujiwara no Sada’ie (better known to history as Teika) (1162-1241) is one of the four greatest Japanese poets. This poem is taken from ‘Lord Teika’s One Hundred Round Own Poem Poetry Competition’ (see https://www.wakapoetry.net/ ). My celebration of autumn thus includes these three main Japanese motifs. The design for the deer was inspired by both Northwest Coast Native and Celtic art traditions. The frame was made out of red oak using pegged, hand-joined, mortise-and-tenon construction methods. The Japanese technique (shou-sugi-ban) of charring and oiling the oak was used to finish the frame.