from the paulownia
without a breath of wind–
glowing under the moonlight
the last samurai helmets
« From ancient times, the emperor’s crest was a design based on the sun or the moon…Then later the chrysanthemum, which is a pattern that resembles the sun, came into use. The paulownia is the crest of the shogunate. It has been said that the paulownia has the power to counteract various vices, such as three poisons of covetousness, anger, and foolishness. »
« A Christian samurai », William J. Farge.