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

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The names of places represent the history of the land itself. When I heard of the names, Kibune Shrine and Kibune River, I was impressed by the nobility of the names that those places were named, and at the same time, I thought there must be an incredible history that exists in those places, which made me want to visit. I left Kyoto city in the summer following the road signs towards the Kamogawa River, I drove up the narrow mountain's winding road by the Kibune mountain streams, and I soon found that there were fancy Japanese style restaurants on both sides of the road. It was a little after the mid day when I arrived at Kibune Shrine. It seemed to be a little cooler than the city, the sound of streams were helping to emphasized the quietness of the place. I decided to have something to eat before I started working, I went into a Japanese style restaurant, and the table I was taken to was what was called 'Kawadoko", river bed table built above the river. Later I found out that Kibune is famous for acting as annex to Kansai region, I found myself fully enjoying the Kawadoko cuisine before I started making sketches.

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