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

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One of the classical Rakugo stories called 'Atagoyama' talks about "Kawara-Nage", a pottery throwing, Jingo-ji Temple which is also famous for its "Kawara-Nage" throwing custom. When you drive on Shuzan Road towards Kozan-ji Temple, you drive passed by Jingo-ji Temple, but I have never stopped to offer my prayer there before. I have however always wanted to try out the "Kawara-Nage' but, whenever I am traveling, I am always on a tight schedule and never had time to stop there, so I have always driven passed.
On one occasion, while I was driving on Arashiyama Takao Parkway, I saw Jingo-ji Temple on the surface of the mountain on the other side of the valley. I quickly stopped and parked my car in a parking lot and started to make sketches.
The story of 'Atagoyama' is about the master throwing oval gold coins down the valley instead of pottery, and his jester would go down the valley to pick them up. 'Kawara-nage' at Jingo-ji Temple, where people also throw pottery down the valley towards the Seiryu River that flows in the valley, are probably leaving various kinds of memories behind to the visitors and continuing to the present.

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