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Landscapes of Kyoto - Koukou
Kyoto
Year: 1997
Dimensions: 91.0cm x 116.5cm

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I have always been wanting to make 'Gozan no Okuribi', the five giant bonfires lit on the mountains surrounding Kyoto, into paintings. I was interested in seeing the lit "Daimonji' (Kanji character meaning 'large' or 'great') or 'Funagata' (the shape of a boat), but more than that, I wanted to paint Kyoto in the dark, when people turn off their lights in the city when the bonfires are lit. My wish came true, and I was given a room in the Kyoto Hotel, in which I could view all five bonfires, so I was stuck by the room window when the outside was still bright, and started making sketches of the streetscapes. When the time came and the evening approached, the lights in the city started to disappear, and when the bonfires were lit in the order, I could hear people cheering all over the city even in my 14th floor hotel room. I was busy engraving in my mind, the view of the darkened city with the 'Daimonji' which was standing out exceptionally in the night sky.

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