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The changing seasons have long been an important theme in Japanese art, especially after the Muromachi Period (1392-1573) when the style became an established genre of painting.

Otani Memorial Art Museum will host an exhibition in the new year of winter landscape paintings. The works on display reveal snowbound environments through unique techniques, such as leaving the white paper or silk surface without paint, or sprinkling white gofun pigment made from seashells to evoke the texture of snow.

Paintings in the styles of sansui, bird-and-flower and shiki sansui will be shown alongside contemporary Japanese depictions of winter scenery.

Jan. 2-Feb. 8. Otani Memorial Art Museum, Nishinomiya City; 4-38 Nakahama-cho, Nishinomiya, Hyogo. Koroen Stn. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. ¥800. Closed Wed. 0798-33-0164; For more information, visit www.otanimuseum.jp/home.

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