Summer Festival 10F (53 x 45.5cm) Written by Naoko Urinami


A mysterious being is depicted in a place that feels like another world. Its appearance is neither human nor divine, and it harmonizes well with the place.

In the painting, the morning glory flower is in full bloom, surrendering its vines to the arms of its presence. Morning glories, which bloom for one day, seem to enjoy beauty and ephemerality along with their mysterious existence during their short lives.

For viewers, the work ``Summer Passage'' is sure to resonate deeply in their hearts, whether the location is real or in a dream.


Born in Anamizu-cho, Ishikawa Prefecture in 1955

1980 Graduated from the Department of Crafts, Faculty of Fine Arts, Tokyo University of the Arts (majoring in metal hammering)

1982 Lives in Kamakura

From his 30s onwards, he settled in Kamakura City and, under the influence of Toshio Arimoto, began producing paintings based on Japanese paintings.

He interacted with local Kamakura cultural figures such as Akutagawa Prize-winning author Shu Fujisawa, poet Akari Kido, and literary critic Koichiro Tomioka, and was bequeathed art supplies by Japanese painter Junsaku Koizumi, who passed away in January 2012.

Passed away suddenly due to illness on June 4 , 2012 at the age of 56.

His works as illustrations include ``The Story the Cat Saw'' (Fukuinkan Shoten), ``Bokko'' (Kaiseisha), and ``Ghostland of Ayashigaoka'' (Bunken Publishing).