Nobi Three Rivers
The mouth of the three rivers from the sky, Gifu, Japan
Dimensions: 130.0cm X 162.0cm
Location: Private Collection (Deposited to the Narukawa Art Museum, Hakone Lake Ashi)
When I was working at Aichi University of the Arts, I often went to places around Kiso, Nagara and Ibi Rivers to make sketches. This part of Japan is called Nobi Three Rives and getting through this area was difficult in the past. And therefore it has been said that it had a huge influence on the current cultural difference of the east and the west. I thought of drawing the Nobi Three Rivers from the sky, so I chartered a Cessna plane and took off from Nagoya Airport. The plane reached the mouth of three rivers in no time, and I asked the pilot to take the Nagara river route, which is the middle of the three rivers. But the plane reached the Mount Kinka in Gifu prefecture in no time and I could not come across the kind of views that I was hoping to see. I had no choice but to ask the pilot to fly back to the mouth of the river, but I still ended up not making as many sketches as I had hoped for. As there was no other choice, I looked at the map, published by Geospatial Information Authority of Japan, from an angle to determine the shape of the rivers, and the rest I painted from the views that I had memorized from my repeated visits to the rivers.