The Journey

Pastimes and Pleasures in the Eastern Hills of Kyoto (Higashiyama yurakuzu)

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  • Japan
  • Edo period, Genna era, 1615–24
  • Six-panel folding screen; ink, color, and gold on paper
  • H. 60 1/8 x W. 138 3/8 in. (152.7 x 351.5 cm)
  • Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Gift of the 2005 Collectors Committee, M.2005.29

This vivid panorama introduces some of the sights and activities of the Higashiyama district of Kyoto, the capital of Japan from 792 to 1868. Numerous famous places are represented, including the temples of Kiyomizudera, Hokoji, and Yasaka; the Shinto shrine and district of Gion; and the teahouse Nikenjaya. Some of the figures wear conical straw hats and carry walking sticks, standard accoutrements of Japanese pilgrims. Kiyomizudera, the temple on a high lattice in the upper center, is one of eleven Kyoto temples that belong to the official Saikoku Kannon pilgrimage. The quality of the painting suggests that a patron of some status commissioned it from a Kano school artist.

PHOTO CREDIT: © 2009 Museum Associates/ Los Angeles County Museum of Art

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