Shinkoji Nakaniwa

From April 2020, for a year, I posted on Facebook a painting each day as a brief diversion from the lockdowns and other bad news this year. Neglecting my weblog, I’ll post in the coming days some of my better posts. Some of these paintings are still available.

“Shinkoji Nakaniwa”, 18×24 , oil on canvas. Sixth in the Japan studio series.

From the “stiwdio ger y bae”, this Buddhist Temple Courtyard overlooks the Japanese town of Maniwa and is just a few minutes walk from where my son used to live. Those who have traveled Japan know Buddhist Temples are found everywhere, and many are situated near Japan’s most beautiful locations.

On the left is the temple gate, and in the middle is the temple bell. On the right are some outbuildings and a pagoda like sculpture. A number of red banners (I think they are called Nobori) were hung around the courtyard, but I don’t know their significance.