Excerpt from Ukiyo-E Monogatori (Tales of the Floating World) by Asai Ryoi (1612-91)

"Living only for the moment, turning our full attention to the pleasures of the moon, the snow, the cherry blossoms, and the maple leaves; singing songs, drinking wine, diverting ourselves in just floating, floating; caring not a whit for the pauperism staring us in the face, refusing to be disheartened, like a gourd floating along with a river current; this is what we call the floating world."