Ticket stub (front & back) for Manpukuji Temple (萬福寺) in Uji, Kyoto Prefecture
The overall clipped shape suggests an important wooden sounding board at the temple, and on the front is quoted the five-line poem in literary Chinese gracing the front of the board:
All you who are practicing the Way
Pay heed: Birth and death are the one great matter.
Nothing is permanent; time moves quickly on.
Awake! Devote yourselves to your training and do not waste any time.
On the back is a brief history and description of the temple with its Chinese ambiance along with a reference to a related haiku by the poetess & artist Tagami Kikusha (田上菊舎) (1753-1826):
Stepping out past the
temple gate, back in Japan!
Tea-picking work songs
(Acquired August 18, 1996)
*Haiku translation my own, see source for translation of the Chinese poem
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