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KANSAI

‘Beauties of Nature: Rimpa, Jakuchu and Japanese Painting’

Chiba City Museum of Art

by Marie Omata

Staff Writer

In Japanese, the term “kacho fugetsu” consists of the kanji for “flower,” “bird,” “wind” and “moon,” and it refers to “the beauties of nature” — that ever-popular subject of nihonga (Japanese-style painting).

Known as “kacho,” flower-and-bird motifs came to symbolize life and were usually featured in paintings of the seasons. “Fugetsu” — moon and wind motifs —were associated with weather and other natural phenomena.

This exhibition showcases 123 kacho-fugetsu paintings, focusing on the Edo Period (1603-1867), from the collection of the Chiba City Museum of Art; Aug. 27-Sept. 23.

Chiba City Museum of Art; 043-221-2311; 3-10-8 Chuo, Chuo-ku, Chiba; Chiba Station, JR lines. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. ¥200. Closed Sept. 2. www.ccma-net.jp