2019.02.02 - 2019.05.12
Arashiyama is known as the place where the most famous anthology of Waka called "Ogura Hyakunin Isshu" was edited. Waka is directly translated as Japanese Song or poem. Waka was critical for ancient Japanese nobles who wish to promote and get married with a woman from a good family.
In the 17th century, Waka changed its style, actually got shortened and Haikai (or Haiku) was born. People found Haiku easier than Waka to express what they saw and what they felt.
In this exhibition we focused on four artists related with "Songs" either Waka or Haiku. Fujiwara no Teika, the editor of Hyakunin Isshu, Matsuo Basho & Yosa Buson as Haiku masters and Takehisa Yumeji as a painter and haiku author. In addition we exhibit various paintings and calligraphy related with "Songs". Please enjoy the various style of Japanese SONGS through the eyes of these artists.