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Kidō Cover, December 1981


The covers of Kido magazine were always beautiful and unique and conveyed the essence of Japanese tradition. Within the magazine an explanatory note about the scene was always given. The December 1981 cover featured a temple in the moonlight.

Here is the explanation of the cover offered by the artist, Mikami Masatoshi, first in Japanese, then with the translation:








──Mikami Masatoshi

<Wintry Moon>

December [師走=Shiwasu, a word from olden days] in the ancient city of Nara

The approaching year is close

Bells announce New Year’s Eve

From a host of temples

With the ringing spreading across the land

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