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Juko-in, Daitoku-ji Kyoto

Daitoku-ji is one of the most established Zen temples in Kyoto, dates back in 1315. In 16th century, by the support of Toyotomi Hideyoshi, it became a center of cultural activity through its association with the tea master Sen no Rikyu. Daitoku-ji also possesses numerous cultural treasures in the form of landscape gardens, calligraphy, sliding… Read More »

Framed woodblock print by Takeuchi Seihou

Framed woodblock print by Takeuchi Seihou. Takeuchi Seihou (1864-1942) is regarded as a pioneer of modern Japanese-style painting,followed by many disciples. His pictures have a sophisticated beauty and refinement, and his paintings of plants and animals are highly-praised. He was one of the first to receive the Order of Culture by Japanese government. Framed in… Read More »

Framed woodblock print by Takeuchi Seihou

Framed woodblock print by Takeuchi Seihou. Takeuchi Seihou (1864-1942) is regarded as a pioneer of modern Japanese-style painting, followed by many disciples. His pictures have a sophisticated beauty and refinement, and his paintings of plants and animals are highly-praised. He was one of the first to receive the Order of Culture by Japanese government. Framed in… Read More »

Jakuchu at Shokokuji Jotenkaku Museum

Shokoku-ji temple is the head temple of the Rinzai sect, and one of the most historic and authoritative Zen temples. These days  Shokoku-ji became famous again, because it is the very temple Ito Jakuchu dedicated his “Sakyamuni Triad” and “Colorful Realm of Living Beings”. It is very meaningful to see Jakuchu’s works at Shokokuji Jotenkaku Museum, standing… Read More »

Antique bird dish

Small square deep china dish with plover bird design. Simplified shape of plover and wave is the characteristic of Japanese art in 19th century. This is an antique piece, hand painted in deep blue. Way to use is up to you. Nice to put in some small things, like watches and accessories.   【SHOP NOW… Read More »

Jakuchu at Hosomi Museum

The Hosomi Museum is located in Kyoto’s eastern district of Okazaki,next to famous Heian Shrine. The museum is based on the collection of the late Osaka industrialist, Hosomi Ryo, and it is strong in works by the Kano school, Rimpa school, literati paintings and the individualist painter, Ito Jakuchu (1716-1800). I went to the exhibition “Ito… Read More »

Yogen-in Temple

Yogen-in Temple is a Buddhist temple  located in Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto City It was  constructed by Lady Yodo(Toyotomi Hideyoshi’s concubine) in 1594 in remembrance of her father Nagamasa Azai, and like other old temples, it has a long complicated history. One of the unique  points of Yogen-in is its luck to preserve the paintings on the… Read More »

Hasegawa Tohaku at Chishakuin

Histories of temples are always deeply connected with the power of a supreme ruler at that time. Chishakuin is no exception. Chishakuin’s origin has a long history and formerly located near Koyasan. After suffering persecution by Toyotomi Hideyoshi, it was founded at present location in Kyoto in 1601, with support from Tokugawa Ieyasu. After the… Read More »

Itsuo Art Museum

Went to see the exhibition “Tea bowl tales” at Itsuo Art Museum in Ikeda, Osaka. Itsuo Art Museum owns art works collected by Ichizo Kobayashi, founder of Hankyu Railway and Hankyu Corporation Group. Among his multiple businesses, you may know Hankyu Department Store, Takarazuka Revue Company and Toei (Movie) Company. Kobayashi had a deep knowledge… Read More »