The hot spring inn has a garden inspired by Hasegawa Tohaku's Pine Trees screen

Garden inspired by Pine Trees screen
Shot in Nanao, Ishikawa, Tokyo ©Tetsu Ozawa
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There is a hot spring called Wakura Onsen in Nanao City, which is said to have a history of 1,200 years. The name "Wakura" is said to be derived from the word "Waku-Ura", which means "bay with hot springs". As it is said, inns in Wakura Onsen are lined up facing Nanao Bay.

The Onsen Inn I came to was also facing Nanao Bay, with the water spreading out over the garden outside the large window of the lounge. The near view of the pine trees in the foreground and the distant view of Nanao Bay beyond the pine trees in the background, with Notojima on the other side of the bay far away.

This view is based on a Japanese painting. The painting is Hasegawa Tohaku's Pine Trees screen, owned by the Tokyo National Museum. Since Hasegawa Tohaku was born in Nanao, his masterpiece was used as a motif for the garden.

Indeed, the pine trees in the foreground and the pine trees beyond are the same as in this garden. However, while the Pine Trees screen only shows pine trees in the near and distant views, this garden has a pond, a view of the ocean, and an island on the opposite shore. Just by looking at it, I could not tell that the garden was created based on the motif of the Pine Trees screen. I still have a lot of training to do.

日本語
Nov 2021 IN THE CITY ISHIKAWA

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PHOTO DATA

No

12077

Shooting Date

Jun 2021

Posted On

November 1, 2021

Modified On

November 10, 2021

Place

Nanao, Ishikawa

Genre

Street Photography

Camera

SONY ALPHA 7R II

Lens

ZEISS BATIS 2/40 CF

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