Day and night, the scarecrow is always on duty, and even it falls down it still holds on to its bow and arrow. This is the ideal of the samurai warrior and Zen practitioner, to be forever diligent and never give up.
In terms of output and quality, Tesshu was the greatest of samurai Zen artists. He was a master of the sword, the brush, and Zen and, although he died at the young age of fifty-two, he produced well over a million pieces of Zen art. He ranks as one of the finest calligraphers in Asia, and his work is treasured.