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2004Botan"Botan" (Peonies)

An exhibit at the 36th Japan Fine Arts Exhibition
176x154cm Mashi (Linen Paper)

Every year, around late April, I eagerly return to my hometown of Nara to meet the peony flowers at the Hase Temple. The peonies welcome me with their bountiful bouquet of lustrous and rich colors. I am particularly fond of the large coral colored blossoms, which remind me of graceful young maidens.  This time, I attempted to make that color the center of focus, surrounded by the other colorful peony blossoms, each rivaling the other in beauty.