Roosters are important birds in Japanese culture, associated with the Sun Goddess Amaterasu, and in general their cry is believed to herald the dawn, the beginning of a new day. In Zen art, the rooster's cry reminds us, "Every day is a good day." Brushed by Eigen Ryoten, Yuho's Zen-master name.
Seki Yuho was born in Fukuoka. He became abbot of the major Zen temple Eigenji in 1956, and frequently traveled overseas to give instruction in Zen. Yuho wrote a number of books, including one entitled Die Once, and You Won't Die Again. He was a proflic Zen artist, both calligraphy and painting.