Sasa, or bamboo grass, is said to bloom only once in every sixty years to a century. Kanreki (還暦), a term derived from the Chinese sexagenary cycle, is often used for the anniversary of 60th birthday in Japan, to which the title of this image of sasa flowers is attributed.
An ink brush, its form a flower bud is waiting for the moment to be sunk in sumi ink. The brush tip swollen with sumi settles on the silk and spreads into a bud. The heart and hand of the painter with the brush tip embracing the sumi nurtures the seedlings of images cultured in the field of silk. And in time flourishes in the garden of flowers. The bud of the brush, sumi blooms into flowers.
Nagahiro Kinoshita Translated by Katsumi