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Kidō Cover, January 1977

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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 January 1977 cover featured a flower.

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

不老長春

秦の始皇帝でなくとも、人間誰しも不老長寿を願うものですが、限りある以上、その日その日を全うに善に生きるだけ。それが俗にいう諦観というものなのです。

──深林人

Eternal Youth, Long Spring

Even if one is not the First Emperor [of China, Shih Huang-ti (259~210 BC), who was obsessed with the idea of immortality] of the Chin Dynasty, any human being desires eternal youth and a long life, but accepting limitations, one can only live a good life to the utmost day by day. That is popularly called acceptance of the way things are.

──Deep Forest One

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