The Smell of Rain 8F (45.5 x 37.9cm) Written by Naoko Urinami


A being that appears to be a celestial being is relaxing in a vat filled with lotus flowers. Surrounded by the smell of rain, Tento looks as happy as if he were soaking in a bathtub.

The abundant lotus leaves and petals give off a beautiful glow in the silence.

The language of the lotus flower is ``pure heart'' and ``rest,'' and this is a work that makes you feel calm every time you look at it.


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).