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Suguro-Filed (Burnt field in the early spring)
Nagakute, Aichi,Japan
Year: 1976
Dimensions: 175.0cm X 219.5cm
Locations: Meito Art Museum

1976 Dusk.jpg

There was an engagement at my son’s kindergarten, so I was on the way there with my wife. I came across a sight where many people were burning dried leaves on the sidewalk of the rice fields. They were burning the bugs that had stuck on the dried leaves during the winter. The flames were up, the smoke was in the air and it smelt nostalgic. It was somewhat a very simple sight. I left the engagement to my wife and I rushed back to my house to get my sketch book. The word Suguro, is a word used in Japanese tea ceremony, and it indicates the tip burnt dried leaves. Tamako Kataoka, my sensei is the one who told me the meaning of the word, and so I used the word for the title of this painting.

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