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IMMAGINE: Jomoku-ji (disegno di Kawase Hasui, 1883-1957)
It is said that Jomoku-ji temple began as a thatched hut built near a small bay by a fisherman named Ryuma Jimoku, when he went fishing and caught a golden statue of the divine Kannon in his fishing net. It is sad that the Buddhist temple existed here by the early Nara period, and it was worshiped as one of the Four Kannon Temples of Owari starting around the time of the construction of Nagoya Castle at the behest of Tokugawa Ieyasu. Many of the temple's structures are nationally designated Important Cultural Properties. Highlights include the nandaimon (southern main gate), the higashimon (east gate), and the sanju-no-to (three-storied pagoda), which is one of the tallest pagodas in Japan.
This painting is a work of the Japanese painter Hasui Kawase, was an artist, one of modern Japan's most important and prolific printmakers. He was a prominent designer of the shin-hanga ("new prints") movement, whose artists depicted traditional subjects with a style influenced by Western art. Like many earlier ukiyo-e prints, Hasui's works were commonly landscapes, but displayed atmospheric effects and natural lighting.
Hasui designed approximately 620 prints over a career that spanned nearly 40 forty years. Towards the end of his life the government recognized him as a Living National Treasure for his contribution to Japanese culture.