A Source of Artistic Inspiration
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Saga Arashiyama has been attracting many visitors. It was regarded as the 'place to visit in autumn' and became popular among emperors and court nobles in the 8th century. They are inspired by its beauty and made many Waka poems. In the early 13th century, "Hyakunin Isshu" (One Hundred Poets, One Poem Each), the most famous anthology of poems in Japan, was edited by Fujiwara no Teika here in Arashiyama.
In the middle of the 18th century, Arashiyama became well-known to cherry blossoms. Haiku poets such as Matsuo Basho and Yosa Buson went on a picnic and made Haiku poems. It started to attract many tourists as well.
In the 19th century Meiji period, many artists who belonged to the Kyoto Circle of Painters started to live in Saga Arashiyama and made the most of its beauty of the nature.
Since the ancient times, Saga Arashiyama has been inspiring many artists and a source of many artworks. We are honored to introduce arts and culture associated with this area. We hope you have a wonderful time in SAMAC.