Former prime minister’s art on show at heritage site in Kyoto

Asahi -- Jun 07
Morihiro Hosokawa, who served briefly as prime minister and devoted his retirement from politics to painting, on June 5 presented a series of his sliding screen ink work to a Buddhist temple here that has centuries-old links with his family.

Hosokawa, 83, has won wide acclaim for his expertise in art and brushwork.

The ink paintings were drawn on both sides of 12 sliding paper doors to adorn the study of the main hall of Kenninji temple in the city's Higashiyama Ward.

“I did my best to draw the pictures while preserving Japanese culture,” Hosokawa said.

The drawings went on public display June 6 in a special exhibition that is scheduled to last throughout the year.

The temple commissioned Hosokawa to work on the paintings to mark the 880th anniversary of the birth of Eisai (1141-1215), the monk who brought the Rinzai school of Zen Buddhism to Japan from China and founded Kenninji temple in 1202.

His work depicts two rivers in China's Hunan province and eight scenic spots near Lake Dongting where the rivers end their journey. He spent about a year on the project and completed the drawings in January. - Asahi

政界引退後、陶芸や絵画の制作に力を入れている元首相の細川護熙さんが5日、京都市東山区の建仁寺に自身が描いたふすま絵を奉納した。細川家の菩提寺は建仁寺の敷地内にある「正伝永源院」。細川さんは以前、永源院にもふすま絵を奉納したことがある。 - SankeiNews