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Landscapes of Kyoto - Hakubo
Kyoto
Year: 1997
Dimensions: 91.0cm X 116.5cm

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Ginkaku, the Temple of the Silver Pavilion, is one of Kyoto's, or rather should I say, one of Japan's most famous temples. I assume for those people who have not seen the actual temple in person would still have their own image of the Ginkaku through the pictures or the movies. I too wanted to paint the Ginkaku if I were to make paintings of Kyoto, so I visited there numerous times in various seasons, but when I actually stood there and started to make sketches, my pen was not allowing me to draw smoothly. Perhaps because, the image of the temple that I had created within me was too strong.
But, after several attempts, I visited the grounds of the Jisho-ji temple, where the Ginkaku is also located, at dusk in a mid Januray, I saw this massive Ginkaku structure, with over 500 years of history, in the abstract view of the pure white Kogetsudai (cone shaped sand mound) and Ginsyadan (sand layout), it was standing with a dignified look just as the image that I had created within myself.

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