Kawase Hasui

Starry Night at Miyajima Shrine (1928)

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About the Art

From Souvenirs of Travel, Third Series

A glowing night scene of the famous Miyajima Torii, a major Shinto shrine. This, one of Hasui's most beautiful night scenes, is a favorite location for both native Japanese and tourists. During high tide, the great Torii looks like it is floating on the sea.

The image is rich in blues with a few sharp points of contrast from the yellow glow of the ancient stone lanterns.

A sense of total silence prevails.