16. Michizane composes a poem by moonlight

Sugawara no Michizane (845-903 AD) was a courtier who was posthumously deified as Tenjin, the god of music, literature, and calligraphy. At age eleven, he composed the following poem in classical Chinese form: “The moon glimmers like bright snow, and plum blossoms appear like reflected stars - Ah! The golden mirror of the moon passes overhead as fragrance from the jade chamber fills the garden.” (printed January 1886)