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Young Nihonga Artist: Kyoko Imagawa/今川教子 (from Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City)!

Pictures all taken by Robert-Gilles Martineau with the authorization of Ms. Kyoko Imagawa and Matsuzakaya Department Store in Shizuoka City
General explanations of Nihonga taken from Wikipedia.

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Nihonga (日本画 Nihonga) or literally “Japanese-style paintings” are paintings that have been made in accordance with traditional Japanese artistic conventions, techniques and materials. While based on traditions over a thousand years old, the term was coined in the Meiji period of the Imperial Japan, to distinguish such works from Western-style paintings, or Yōga (洋画 Yōga).

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Nihonga are typically executed on washi (Japanese paper) or eginu (silk), using brushes. The paintings can be either monochrome or polychrome. If monochrome, typically sumi (Chinese ink) made from soot mixed with a glue from fishbone or animal hide is used. If polychrome, the pigments are derived from natural ingredients: minerals, shells, corals, and even semi-precious stones like malachite, azurite and cinnabar. The raw materials are powdered into 16 gradations from fine to sandy grain textures. A hide glue solution, called nikawa, is used as a binder for these powdered pigments. In both cases, water is used; hence nihonga is actually a water-based medium. Gofun (powdered calcium carbonate that is made from cured oyster, clam or scallop shells) is an important material used in nihonga. Different kinds of gofun are utilized as a ground, for under-painting, and as a fine white top color.

Initially, nihonga were produced for hanging scrolls (kakemono), hand scrolls (emakimono) or folding screens (byōbu). However, most are now produced on paper stretched onto wood panels, suitable for framing. Nihonga paintings do not need to be put under glass. They are archival for thousands of years.

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I have followed the progress of Imagawa Kyoko/今川教師子さん, a young artist born in Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City, for some time, attracted as I was by her original approach to the art while keeping to its traditional rules and had the pleasure to meet her again in person at Matsuzakaya Department Store (Honkan/Main Building, 6 F) during her latest exhibition held February 24th~March 1st.
For all her young age she is already an 11-year veteran of that demanding art (see personal history end of the article) but she is so modest and easy to approach that it becomes a real pleasure talking art with her!

Like many modern Nihonga artists she has brought her own techniques and preferences to her art, rendering it attractive to all genders, ages and nationalities.
I definitely plan to interview her again soon in her atelier in Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City, but for a start let me show some of my favorite masterpieces before they disappear from our City as the exhibition was also quite successful!
I will not bother too much their individual names, but concentrate on my personal opinions and feelings!

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I mentioned her the English saying of insects burning themselves to death on the light of candles, and Kayoko nodded in agreement! Now, who could be those butterflies dangerously fluttering near electric cables?

She explained that this particular exhibition’s purpose was to express her will to enjoy life through our ever-changing modern society of our age.
Her paintings are songs expressing her life in different seasons and places.

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One of her typical contrasts between an intricate creation and a seemingly simple counterpart.

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When i pointed that the shirt was man’s garment she readily agreed but surprised me by revealing that the butterfly was a brooch!

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This contrast between the blue and the yellowish ocher is so Japanese!

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The feather discovered below the tree?

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Now, tea flowers will nly be painted by the Japanese as growers leave some on the tea bushes in Shizuoka Prefecture contrary to tea plantations in the rest of the world!

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Now, this cat has a real story! Kayoko picked it up a few months old on a street where it had been hit by a car! A very healthy animal now!

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We talked a long time about this particular painting!
What would you say of a dragonfly perching on a cup of tea in a very feminine pink environment?

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Fireworks and a lizard! Definitely a summer scene!

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Have these cranes crossed the seas to fly in front of Mount Fuji?

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A favorite of mine! Clear skies after the rain?

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A longed-for letter in the Spring?

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these are real paintings!
I leave it to you for deciding the many interpretations!

Imagawa Kyoko/今川教師子

2004: Graduated from Kyoto university of Art and Design, Nihonga Course with Prize
2006: First exhibition
2008: JAXA Nihonga exhibition, ART Shanghai 2007
2010: Art Fair Tokyo 2010
2011: Shizuoka Railways Calendar [Pieces of seasons]
“Group.Horizon”, Nihonbashi Takashiima Deaprtment Store Exhibition
Solo Exhibition at Tokyo Art Fair, 「influence of Time」, Tokyo Bijyutsu Club, Toubi Museum
Solo Exhibition, 「Unnamed Landscapes」, Ginza Mitsukoshi Department Store
2012: Solo exhibition, 「Spring, Mitsukoshi Museum Art Exhibition」, Hotel New Otani

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Bestiary at Sengen Shrine in Shizuoka City!

Shinto shrines in Japan, especially the big ones, are hosts to a whole menagerie or bestiary, that is “animals” which are supposed to symbolize or protect the cult abode.
In Shizuoka City, the large Sengen Shrine is a good place to look for them!
Let me show some of them. There are plenty more, but they will be for you to discover!

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“Shishi/Lions” with an unusual “oni/goblin”!

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A “tora/tiger”!

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Another tiger!

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“Hoo/Phoenix”!

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A “kirin/dragon horse”!

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“Koi/carps”!

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“Baku/nightmare eaters”!

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And a “Tastu/dragon”!

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Dragons in Shizuoka Prefecture 2

Dragons!

If you know where to look around you will find plenty looking after us in Shinto Shrines or looking at us in Parks or during festivals and where else!
They even lurk in Buddhist temples!

Shall we look for them (pun intended!)?

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I found an old one almost invisible in Kataoka Sumiyoshi Shiren in Sumiyoshi, Yoshida Cho!

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I know one thing for sure: he is 100 years old or a litlle more!

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I discovered these two hiding inside Oi Shrine in Shimada City!

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The water is not magical and good enough to drink!

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Short horns!

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Twinkling eye!

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Maybe a little shy!

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This one seems to go unnoticed in Okutsuhiko Shrine in Kuruma Cho, Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City!

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Pert smile!

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I was a bit nonplussed to find this one in a Buddhist temple called Rei Ei Ji in Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City!

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I made this discovery yesterday when I looked around in Shizunami, Mkainohara City in a Buddhist temple with an interminable name!

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the name of the temple is Shinshuu Ootaniha Daishinkaizan Myoushouji !

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It might be tempted to disappear before yu can say the name aloud!

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Checking my archives I unearthed this wooden one ridden by a kappa/water goblin!

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Practically the same on a scroll!
Both can be found in Hachan Kappa Museum in Yaizu City!

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We will take our leave riding this minuscule one hidden in Ogushi Shrine in Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City!

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Wall Painting: Food & Tourism on Water Tank in Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City!

The other day I was cycling along a street parallel to the Miho Beach in Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City, when I espied this unusual water tank!

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It stood practically in the middle of a small farm!
Interesting way to advertise Shimizu Ku.
Actually the area is quite remarkable for quite a few similar sights!

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I knew that Shimizu was noted for its strawberries and oranges, but I didn’t know about roses!

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Cucumbers and the local JA?Japan Agriculture Office, which is probably advertising itself!

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Tomatoes and edamame!
The very farm it stood by grew edamame!

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The well-maintained stairway is proof enough that it is still used for ts original purpose!

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Manhole Covers in Shizuoka Prefecture 34: Along the Miho Beach, Shimizu ku, Shizuoka City!

I have already mentioned manhole cob\evrs in Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City.
This is a very large area indeed and it tends to mix all kinds of covers since it was merged with Shizuoka City.
But if like me yesterday you happened to cycle along the Miho Beach, especially along the parallel streets running through urban parts you will find them concentrated in large numbers!

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I will describe them in the order I found them!
two together there!

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A cover belonging to Shimizu City before it was merged!
This type is for river water collection.
There is another type with the same design!

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Another Shimzsu City type with azaleas dating back before the merger!
Actually all do in that particular area!

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Typical rectangular fire hydrant access cover!

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An unusual double cover with the Miho beach design for rain water!

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Those two different fire hydrant access covers are typical of Shimizu City!

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The second type with the Miho Beach design for rain water!

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A geometrical design sewer cover with the Shimizu City symbol in its center!

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Another geometrical design for rain water collection!

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Pressurized air access!

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Another geometrical motif sewer cover!

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Shimizu is soccer land!
A medium-sized orange valve access!

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The same, smaller and blue!

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A fairly complicated cover which could be opened in many ways!

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The most famous fire Hhdrant cover in Shimizu with soccer players!

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Houtaiji Temple in Shizuoka City: Unusual Sights

As an agnostic I avoid the subject of religion as much as I can.
But that does not prevent me to consider the historical and cultural side of it as long as it has to offer interesting photography!

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Just I walked past Houtai Temple/宝泰寺 founded in 1381 in the name of Houtaizen temple, I noticed the side portal open. I decided to take a peek!

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I was first tempted to take photographs of the garden, but I noticed some strange/unusual statues!

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There were a lot of small statues in pairs, so they must be all symbolic.
A child preventing his “mount” to see?

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Disappearing into eternity or going back to it?

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Now, what is that dachshund doing here?

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A fetus position and a stretching position?

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Shaking Hands?

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Wishing to become a teddy bear!

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Shyness?

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Worry?

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This is quite unusual for a Buddhist temple and more readily found in Shinto Shrines: Tokugawa ieaysu’s Crest!

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A goblin on the roof/

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Dragons?

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Even tiny ones?

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Sights at Hamana Lake Flower Garden in Hamamatsu City!

We spent no less than 4 hours inside the enormous Flower Garden in Hamamatsu city and took more than 180 picture!
I am not going to complete as this allows me to write a series of articles on different themes!
This second one is titled Animal Plant Design!

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A chair for a city-dwelling elf?

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Or a bench!

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A wedding dress made of succulents for an elf queen?

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And she will march to the music of no less than three piano made of succulents, too!

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The third piano played by an invisible pixie!

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And a grand Moa’i will preside the festivities!

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And a white Dragon is waiting to take her on her nuptial voyage!

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fare thee well!

Hamana Lake Flower Garden
Hamanako Flower garden
浜名湖フラワーガーデン

10th anniversary of the 2004 Pacific Flora Garden Exposition and the 21st Japan Urban Greenery Shizuoka Festival

Open until June 15th

Hamamatsu City, Nishi Ku, Murakoshi Cho, 5348-3
Tel.: 53-488-1811
ENGLISH HOMEPAGE

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