The best part of the level up test is when you can write free hand. Normally, I have to copy as perfectly as possible. That can be fun but a little boring. Of course, Sensei always helps with composition, but I really do have a free hand.
This time, the assignment was the following waka poem.
As usual, my translation is poor, but will give you a sense.
In the autumn fields stand brilliant Ominaeshi (flowers)
How amazing, the transience of flowers
Below is my submission. I’m right up against my first dan, so a level up at this point is a big deal. Wish me luck.