"瀟湘八景図 (Sho-sho Hakkei-zu, landscape paintings depicting eight scenic spots)" , a sliding door painting by Mr. Morihiro Hosokawa, is on special display at Kennin-ji Temple from Sunday, June 6 to December 31. I will tell you about the dedication ceremony of the open sliding door painting. We will look into how the sliding door painting was dedicated and its charm.
Mr.Morihiro Hosokawa, who is well versed in art
Mr. Morihiro Hosokawa, who served as prime minister from 1993 to 94, was born in Tokyo in 1938 and is now 83 years old. After retiring from politics at the age of 60, he has been actively engaged in a wide range of artistic activities, including ceramic art, ink painting, oil painting and sliding door painting, and has held solo exhibitions throughout Japan and overseas, including in Paris and New York. In Kyoto, you can see the works at Jizoin and Kennin-ji Shoden Eigenin.
The long relationship between the Hosokawa family and Kennin-ji Temple
I heard that there is a deep connection between the Hosokawa family and Kennin-ji Temple. Their encounter dates back to the Kamakura and Muromachi periods. It started when the chief priest of Kennin-ji Temple and the ancestors of the Hosokawa family suddenly met each other in the precincts of the temple and became friends through Zen dialogues. Since then, some members of the Hosokawa family have served as the chief priest of Shoden Eigen-in Temple, a sub-temple of Kennin-ji Temple. By the way, Yoriari Hosokawa, the founder of Hosokawa family, is enshrined in Shoden Eigen-in.
Due to the connection between the Hosokawa family and Kennin-ji Temple, Mr. Hosokawa has been dedicating his Shiki Sansui-zu Fusumae to Kennin-ji Temple Eigen-in Temple and this Daruma hanging scroll to Kennin-ji Temple. Daruma's pictures drawn with dynamic brush strokes are very powerful.
What are the highlights of the sliding door paintings dedicated this time?
This time, the sliding screen paintings were dedicated to the Honbo Daishoin of Kennin-ji Temple. Honbo Daishoin, which stands where you can see the courtyard, is a Shoin that was built in 1940 as an antechamber. Originally, there were white sliding doors with nothing drawn on them, but in commemoration of 880 years since the birth of Eisai Zenji, who opened Kennin-ji Temple, they were asked by Mr. Hosokawa to create sliding door paintings.
Mr.Hosokawa's "Sho-sho Hakkei-zu" is a traditional Chinese landscape painting depicting eight scenic spots. This time, 8 landscapes were drawn on 6 sliding doors.
The sliding door paintings were drawn on Japanese paper with old Chinese ink sticks made from burnt pine. It is characterized by its delicate touch. The production period is about one year. He drew a full-sized rough sketch based on the rough sketch, and after drawing the composition of the ink painting, he finished it by repeating coloring and drying.
Suiboku (ink paintiong) sliding door paintings blend naturally into the space of Daishoin with a garden view. It's not showy, but I feel sorry and loneliness when unnecessary things are cut off. "For a Zen temple with a dry landscape like Kennin-ji Temple, I thought that Suiboku was the most suitable, not the eccentric and showy paintings." said the Hosokawa clan.
The chief priest of Kennin-ji Temple also said with joy, "I feel as if it had been here for a long time. That's because Mr. Hosokawa made the fusuma paintings knowing Kennin-ji Temple well. I am glad that the long relationship between Kennin-ji Temple and the Hosokawa family has been established."
The sliding door paintings are open to the public for a limited time only!
In commemoration of the dedication, the sliding door paintings of Mr. Hosokawa are specially exhibited at Honbo Daishoin of Kennin-ji Temple! Visitors to the main temple of Kennin-ji Temple were suspended due to the declaration of a state of emergency, but it has been reopened with the opening of this sliding door painting.
Kennin-ji Temple is known as the oldest Zen temple in Kyoto. There are many things to see, such as the elegant rock garden "Dai-yu-en" and "Cho-on-tei", the dry landscape garden, the hojo, and the dragon sliding door paintings.
This time, I introduced the sliding screen paintings of Mr.Morihiro Hosokawa that will be exhibited at Kennin-ji Temple. I understood that the sliding door paintings were dedicated because of the long relationship between the Hosokawa family and Kennin-ji Temple. Please take this opportunity to visit Kennin-ji Temple, which has a lot to see as well as this sliding door painting.
Komatsu-cho, Yamatooji-dori Shijo-sagaru, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto City
7 minutes walk from Keihan Gion Shijo Station
A sliding door painting Dedication Special Opening
Period: Sunday, June 6, 2021 to December 31 (planned)
Opening hours: 10: 00 - 16: 00 (15: 30 final reception)
Admission fee: Adults 600 yen, junior and senior high school students 300 yen, elementary school students 200 yen
*It is included in the regular admission fee.