SeishohEn(Green Pine Gardens) is a facility for Hansen's diseasepatients in Kagawa Prefecture.
Suffering great pain,
But gently tender-hearted,
People living here
On this isle where mallow blooms
As I climb up the hill slope.
(poem composed on the occasion of Their Majesties' visit to the Airaku-En, the Hansen's Disease patients' Home in Nago on the Main Island in 1975.)
footnote1 Throughout the country there are thirteen national Convalescent Homes for patients with Hansen's Disease, and this one is on Okinawa's Miyakojima Island.
Note to poem 1 :
In January of this year, Their Majesties visited a Convalescent Home for patients with Hansen's Disease on the Okinawan Island of Miyakojima. To welcome Their Majesties to the Nansei Home, perhaps because Her Majesty had composed a poem referring to this flower in a previous visit to a similar institution on the Main Island, there was a flower arrangement containing one out-of-season beach-mallow (a yellow hibiscus-like flower of the mallow family) in the bud. Combining thoughts of this and of Her quiet conversation with the inmates, Her Majesty composed this poem.
Note to poem 2 :
In August of this year, when Their Majesties visited Kyoto, the people of Yase danced for them in the courtyard of the Kyoto Imperial Palace. Her Majesty composed this poem remembering the thin crescent moon she had seen that night together with the dancers, calling it the `young moon'.
Note to poem 3 :
One of the victims of the Chuetsu earthquake was an infant child. On the fourth day, the little boy was rescued from under the rocks and earth, and Her Majesty composed this poem to express Her joy at his return alive. It was the time of year when Sirius, the Great Dogstar, brightest star of the Canis Majoris constellation, rises. Her Majesty composed this poem imagining that at times, Sirius too was watching over the child.