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NARA

“Depicting The Refreshing Summer”

Shohaku Art Museum

by Tomoko Hori

One of the most cherished themes of nihonga (Japanese-style painting) artists who celebrate the four seasons in their works is to incorporate seasonal Japanese beauties in their paintings.

This exhibition features three well-known nihonga artists from the Uemura family — Shoen (1875-1949), Shoko (1902-2001) and Atsushi (b. 1933) — and their works featuring summer motifs. In addition, a woven fabric cover of a float used in the Gion Matsuri (one of the most famous traditional summer festivals in Kyoto), which was designed by Shoko and Atsushi, is on show with its design drawing; till Sept. 25.

Shohaku Art Museum; (0742) 41-6666; 2-1-4 Tomigaoka, Nara-shi; 5-min. bus ride from Gakuen-mae Station, Kintetsu Nara Line. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. ¥800. Closed Mon., Sept. 20; open Sept. 19. www.kintetsu.jp/shohaku/.