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Kidō Cover, December 1981

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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:

──三上正寿

<寒月>

古都奈良の師走

来る年も間近

除夜を告ぐる鐘も

寺々から

鳴り渡るであろう

──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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