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NARA

“Shoko Uemura”

SHOHAKU ART MUSEUM

by Tomoko Hori

Staff Writer

Marking the 10th year since nihonga (Japanese-style painting) artist Shoko Uemura’s death, this exhibition showcases representative works from the painter’s later years, and includes a series featuring cranes — one of the artist’s favorite motifs.

Shoko was the son of the famous nihonga painter Shoen Uemura (1875-1949), and he followed in her artistic footsteps to create kacho-ga (birds-and-flower paintings). In 1948, he helped established Souzou Bijutsu (present-day Souga-kai), a group of like-minded artists dedicated to further promoting nihonga. For more than 80 years, he was respected as one of the most well-known nihonga painters in Japan; till Nov. 27.

Shohaku Art Museum; (0742) 41-6666; 2-1-4 Tomigaoka, Nara; 5-min. bus ride from Kintetsu Nara Station (North Exit), Kintetsu Nara Line. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. ¥1,000. Closed Mon. www.kintetsu.jp/shohaku.