Painting Journals with Japanese colored papers.
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Saturday, July 24, 2021

Summer gemstones



Torn Japanese colored paper and acrylic resin on 7×7 inches canvas
18cm×18cm スクエアカンバスに和紙・アクリル樹脂

Minerals, especially precious stones which transmit light, are reminiscent of water and ice from the appearance of their crystals and bubbles. Aquamarine, blue topaz, citrine, and phosphophyllite, which I call summer gemstones inspire me to extract the essences of my favorite thought of summer, such as cool and sweet fruit candies.


Thursday, July 15, 2021

From the end of rainy season to humid summer




Torn Japanese colored paper and acrylic resin on 7×7 inches canvas
18cm×18cm スクエアカンバスに和紙・アクリル樹脂

The rainy season ends in mid-July, and the humid summer begins.
Summer in Japan, where the discomfort index is high, various beautiful traditions for cooling were born.
Some of them have been introduced from Buddhist culture from other humid Asian countries as Thailand, Vietnam and China.
Below are some of my favorite cooling traditions from the rainy season to summer.

Hand water bowl with lotus floating.
Hydrangea with rain dew and Japanese sweets which imitate such seasonal views in the garden.
Fishbowl with goldfish.
Beautiful Japanese cuisine with Japanese ginger, eggplant, and herbs.
Bronze wind chime sound.
The sound of Suikinkutsu: Japanese garden ornament and music device with water drips.

In Japan, there is a culture in which each tradition is loved from various angles by making full use of sight, hearing, smell, touch, and taste. It is multi-layered and complex, like a seasonal symphony. However, the stage equipment should be quite simple to gain more pleasures of appreciation.  For example, in a very simple Japanese tea room, the moment you receive tea from a tea set with a smooth and organic shape that fits comfortably in your palm, you will be surrounded by many pleasant information abundant as stars. You can trip to the galaxy with a cup of tea in a small, simple and quiet tea room. 

The more we narrow down the surrounding items and pursue the aesthetics of subtraction, the more sensation we can get. At the moment when we are surrounded by a small number of items and encounter blanks or margins, we tend to knit quotations of dreams, delusions, and memories to fill the gaps. The more memories we cite as we get older, the more we will be able to spend rich time of deep appreciation, by just standing there with fewer items. The moment I see a waterfowl flying off the surface of the river, I would cite some haiku, music, movies, literary passages, and my bitter memories, to taste sensations as pathos, ennui and vanity.




Thursday, April 29, 2021

Seasonal works



Torn Japanese colored paper and acrylic resin on 7×7 inches canvas
18cm×18cm スクエアカンバスに和紙・アクリル樹脂

Every time, the Japanese climate is clearly reflected through my physical senses. As spring ripens, petals, buds, fresh greenery, butterflies, and insect wings appear somewhere in the image. The climate of Japan is rich in variety and is like a condensed jewel box.  Due to the humidity, the vegetation has a deep color, and the small creatures that benefit from the clear stream are full of freshness.  To keep the texture looking like sweets and ore, the canvas is coated in three dimensions so as not to spoil the image when it is viewed from the side.


Tuesday, March 30, 2021


 Lotus Bud

Torn Japanese colored paper and acrylic resin on 8×11 inches paper board.
21.0×29.7 cm ペーパーボードに和紙・アクリル樹脂

For me, the lotus is the most beloved plant in every respect. The leaves and flowers that open in a circle on which both Buddha and frogs suit to stay, the buds with a savory scent, and the simple appearance of the stems that grow smoothly. Since it is aquatic, light can be transmitted coolly when looking up from the bottom of the water, and a rhythm of shape with the water surface as the background is created when looking down from the sky. This must be why it is loved as a motif of ancient and modern religions and arts.


Lotus Pond

Torn Japanese colored paper and acrylic resin on 35×28 inches paper board.
909mm × 727mm カンバスに和紙・アクリル樹脂

Saturday, March 27, 2021




Torn Japanese colored paper and acrylic resin on 17×17 inches canvas

45.5cm×45.5 cm スクエアカンバスに和紙・アクリル樹脂

Choice of sizes and shapes of the canvas is part of my creation.  There always seems to be "one right answer" for that choice.  To above pieces, 17×17 inches square canvas was that.

Initially I planned to paint 4 canvases of this size to display them on the wall either in horizontal or rectangle.  All 4 were supposed to be unified in rather cool tones of color, but it turned to cold winter season when I finished the 2nd piece.  Since I would like to treat warm tones of color in cool-temperature environment, I need to wait for the next summer to start remaining 2 pieces. 



Thursday, March 25, 2021


Japanese colored paper pieces with gloss polymer medium looking like cross section of minerals or candy.

18cm×18cm Canvas