Being pleased to the season full of greenery I visited Kyoto last week.
I saw many tourists from foreign countries; some seemed to enjoy walking
and some rested beneath trees which had plenty of young leaves on them.
Among the green foliage I found some red maple leaves which have just opened up.
Later I checked the name but there are too many to identify it as the same
species. Do you know its name?
The main purpose to visit Kyoto was to see an exhibition held in Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art (京都市立美術館).
The museum is just next to a great Torii gate of one of most famous shrines in Kyoto, Heian Jingu.
The overwhelming vermilion of the gate made contrast favorably with fresh green leaves around there.
As for the exhibition we could see Vincent Van Gogh' works which were painted during his sejourns in Paris( 1886~1888). At this time Gogh, being supported by his brother, played active roles in colorful works influenced by some artists especially impressionists and in establishing his own style on perspective and also planar composition influenced by Ukiyo-e from Japonism.
It is hard to believe now that his works didn't sell except one in his life.
It is said that he painted some shooting buds represented by wheat as symbol of his inner energy, and the following tableau caught my eye like a ray of hope among his secure jobs.
|image from Web site|
I also walked nearby the museum and stopped by a temple called Nanzen-ji which has a great two-storied gate.
Between the pillars of the gate the greenery landscape on the temple ground is seen as a tableau.
Some red leaves of maple trees are faintly observed as well.
I carefully took a photo not to bother the girl who looked doing meditation.
憎しみか官能かふいに燃え立ちて＜万緑叢中紅一点＞ 小島ゆかり(1956~ )
I don't know whether
it would be hatred or sensuality
which flamed up suddenly
but I know that I'm a woman
amid numerous young leaves