Though frosts come down

night after night,

what does it matter?

they melt in the morning sun.

Though the snow falls

each passing year,

what does it matter?

with spring days it thaws.

Yet once let them settle

on a man's head,

fall and pile up,

go on piling upó

then the new year

may come and go,

but never you'll see them fade away

- Ryokan

Yuki Neko at Kamakura

Photo of the Buddha's statue in Kamakura, illustration of Yuki Neko,
and composite image by DLO.

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