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Kawase Hasui

Spring Snow at Kiyomizu Temple (1932)

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About the Art

As snow flutters down upon Kiyomizu temple, it settles in thick powdery sheets. Two women shade themselves with umbrellas as they gaze over the balcony, admiring the city of Kyoto from the mountains.

This is a fine piece of ‘shin-hanga’, meaning “new prints”: modern ukiyo-e prints born out of a yearning for Japan’s traditional past. Hasui was captivated by the environment of Japan, mastering his use of colour and atmosphere in its breathtaking landscapes. In this piece, Hasui creates depth using shadows and perspective, setting a mood of gentle tranquility. 

This scene is from the main stage of Kiyomizu temple, a balcony atop a wooden structure that sits within the mountain. The temple’s name translates as “Pure Water Temple”, named after the sacred waterfall that runs through it. 

The temple was built in 708, without the use of any nails, but has been rebuilt many times due to devastating fires. In traditional Japanese architectural style, an overhanging balcony allows you to connect with nature and enjoy the crisp air.

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