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An artistic day off the Miura Peninsula inspired by Hokusai

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What comes to mind when you think of Ukiyo-e is "Thirty-six Views of Mt. Fuji," which is a masterpiece of Katsushika Hokusai. "Thirty-six Views of Tomitake" is a series of 46 ukiyo-e prints drawn by genius painter Katsushika Hokusai, depicting various views of Mt. Fuji from all over the country. By the way, the reason why it is "36 views" but 46 figures is that it became so popular that I had to draw 10 more than planned. From such an anecdote, I feel that the personality that Hokusai cannot refuse when asked is remembered.

At that time, Mt. Fuji was a symbol of people's beliefs so much that "Fujizuka", which resembled Mt. Fuji, was created in various parts of Edo. Hokusai, who is said to have been originally interested in drawing landscapes, may also have a longing for Mt. Fuji and a special feeling. In such a social climate, Hokusai created "Thirty-six Views of Mt. Fuji", and without "Thirty-six Views of Mt. Fuji", the name of Japanese ukiyo-e might have changed. It was.

Among them, "Kanagawa Okinami Ura", which has the popular name of "Fuji in the waves" depicting a large wave with Mt. Fuji in the background, is a famous work, and it is called a masterpiece along with Leonardo da Vinci's "Mona Lisa". I see. It is said that "Kanagawa Okinami Ura" depicts the scene that Hokusai saw while traveling around the Miura Peninsula in Kanagawa Prefecture.

This time, we will introduce the museums and galleries on the Miura Peninsula where you can feel the connection between art and nature by following in the footsteps of Hokusai.

Kamakura and Hayama, Museum of Modern Art

Beautiful Sagami in Kanagawa PrefectureThe Kanagawa Prefectural Museum of Modern Art, which has two bases in a scenic and abundant area overlooking the bay, is recorded as Japan's first public museum of modern art. Both museums hold exhibitions four to five times a year and are visited by many people. The picturesque landscape and collection of works of art by prominent artists such as Matisse, Harue Koga, Naoya Hatakeyama and Picasso are ideal places to immerse yourself in known and unknown works of art. In this place where you can feel the scent of Sagami Bay, you can feel the passage of time and the beauty of nature from the same perspective as Hokusai and his contemporary painters.

Yamaguchi Hoshun Memorial Hall

Hoshun Yamaguchi, one of Japan's leading painters of the 20th century, was active in the field of Japanese painting. Like Hokusai, it draws inspiration from nature and vividly expresses the four seasons, flowers, and wild animals of Japan. Mr. Yamaguchi's home in Hayama Town, Kanagawa Prefecture, has been renovated as a quaint museum, and you can see a collection of paintings and antiques up close. There is also an atelier designed by architect Isoya Yoshida and a garden that reflects the close relationship between Mr. Yamaguchi and the nature and life of Kanagawa Prefecture.

Enoura Observatory

Odawara is not strictly the Miura Peninsula, but it is a quiet and historic area located on the west coast of Sagami Bay. Also, the most famous modern a in JapanThere is a noteworthy facility designed and operated by Hiroshi Sugimoto, one of the artists.
Enoura, which overlooks the scenery of Kanagawa Prefecture such as Sagami Bay and Miura Peninsula, which Hokusai was impressed with, is a facility designed to convey the essence of Japanese culture, and is a must-visit for those who like art and architecture. This is the place you want. "Enoura Observatory", which was built on the site of a mandarin orange field, is a love letter to Japanese culture and nature by Mr. Sugimoto.
The Enoura Observatory, which overlooks the Boso Peninsula and Oshima in Chiba Prefecture, is composed of a gallery space, a Noh stage, a tea room, a garden, and an office space with the aim of becoming a guideline for art and culture. It's a beautiful place where you can spend hours by the sea and immerse yourself in centuries-old Japanese culture and traditions.