Seventeen Cherry Blossoms No. 4 variant (33 x 26 cm) Made by Mitsuyuki Hatanaka


On a pale black background, 17 cherry peaches are scattered randomly. The darkness of the background makes the brightness of the cherry blossoms stand out even more. Some of the cherry blossoms are discolored in places and a little dull, and their different hues shine quietly in the darkness.

While the cherry symbolizes youth and vitality, it also reminds the viewer of the beauty of new beginnings and maturity. Each cherry tree appears to be rolling freely and moving in its own direction. This placement symbolizes the diversity, choices, and possibilities of an individual's life and reflects the process of growth from youth to maturity.

Overall, this painting celebrates hope for new beginnings and suggests a ray of light in the darkness. Coupled with the mystique of the prime number 17, this piece has a mysterious charm.


He has a deep knowledge of the transmission of Buddhist art from India to Japan, and many of his works have Buddhist themes, such as Indian folklore and Buddhist legends. As both a religious figure and a painter, he believes in discovering themes through the study of historical works, mainly from India, and thinking about the essence of painting and how to live through painting production.

1947 : Born in Nara Prefecture / 1977 : 21st Shell Art Award / 1978 : 1st Tokyo Central Art Museum Japanese Painting Award / 1987 : 5th Kyoto Prefecture Cultural Newcomer Award / 2002 : Nikkei Japanese Painting Award / 2004 : 22nd Kyoto Prefecture Cultural Award, Distinguished Service Award / 2014 : Kyoto Art and Culture Award / 2015 : Kyoto City Cultural Distinguished Award, and many other awards .
●Former professor at Kyoto University of Art and Design