Friday, December 21, 2018

Bell tower gate of Chogaku-ji Temple


There is Chogaku-ji Temple in the south of Ishigami Shrine which we introduced last time.
Both are along the way of Yamanobeno-michi, and we see a lot of worshipers in hiking style.

This temple seems to be an old temple where Kobo Daishi was established in 824 AD.

There is an approach where the azalea hedge continues on both sides as you go through the gate.
Going through this approach, there is the Bell tower gate.

This gate is designated as the oldest and important cultural asset in our country, and it was once called the Bell tower gate because the bell tower was suspended in the upper part.

This time I tried drawing this Bell tower gate.


Sunday, June 3, 2018

Isonokami Shrine where a chicken is located



This shrine is one of the oldest shrines in Japan.

This shrine has been believed as a guardian deity such as healthy longevity.

The precincts are surrounded by abundant evergreen trees and have a sacred atmosphere.

And the chickens were released freely in the precincts.

Chickens have been holy as birds telling the time early in the morning.

It is a sight that this chicken is greeting worshipers.

Monday, April 2, 2018

Cherry blossom trees in the Saho River


Saho river flowing through Nara city.
Fireplaces and cherry blossoms were famous here for a long time.

It is said that aristocrats wrote it as a theme of poetry.

The Japanese love cherry blossoms.

Even now it is crowded with many cherry blossom viewers when the rows of cherry blossoms along the bank are in full bloom.

[Watercolor painting, F4 size]

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Great Buddha of Todaiji Temple in Nara


As usual, many tourists are visiting Nara Park.

Especially touching deer and big Buddha of Todaiji are popular among students of families and school trips.

I heard that this Great Buddha was founded by the Emperor Shomu in 743 AD.

After that it has repeatedly burned down and rebuilt repeatedly due to civil war and so on.

The Great Buddha is seated on the platform, but the figure overlooking the worshiper from the height of 14.7 m was overwhelming even by modern people, maybe I felt such a prestige as to overwhelm the foundation .


In order to feel such prestige, I tried to draw only the profile face of the Great Buddha.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Chickens drawn by Itoh Jakuchu.


Itoh Jakuchu of an artist who played an active part in the Edo period.

As it was 300 years birth last year

Many have been introduced at exhibitions and TVs.

He was good at drawing chickens,

This work depicts a cuddling chicken lumping together under the branches of Kidney beans.

I painted a watercolor painting by slightly changing the composition of this work.