“Even a life-long prosperity is but one cup of sake;
A life of forty-nine years is passed in a dream;
I know not what life is, nor death.
Year in, year out—all but a dream.
Both Heaven and Hell are left behind;
I stand in the moonlit dawn,
Free from clouds of attachment.”
—Uesugi Kenshin, “The Dragon of Echigo” (1530-1578)
Poem written in anticipation of his own death—very Bushido…