HIBIKORE Diary

Emotions of people of millennium ago

On this day, I had an opportunity to visit Ryosokuin-temple, sub temple of Kennin-ji temple, to see the exhibition of Asami Kiyokawa. Her artworks depict the world of traditional short poems, called “Hyakunin Isshu”, completed in the 13th century in Kyoto.

“Hyakunin Isshu” is also known as a Japanese traditional card game which is still popular among kids and adults. “Hyaku” means “one hundred”, and players try to remember all one hundred short poems to win the game. I used to play this card game a lot when I was small, but I was just so eager to memorize the words, and have not thought deeply about meaning of each poem.

What I saw in this exhibition however, all the artworks were expressing each context of the poem so dynamically, with her extraordinary skill of embroidery and power of imagination. They were completely on a different level of art from those are so digitalized and flat we often see today.

I had a sense of freedom, to feel closer to each person who made a poem millennium ago through her works. By appreciating her works, I learned how people back then often reflect their emotions to the natural objects such as sunlight, moonlight, wind, flowers, water flows and so on. Also I could imagine how deep their emotions of sorrow, despair, and sentiment.

Once I stepped into the temple through the entrance gate, a mysterious journey started, taking me to the time trip to millennium ago. Deep green moss of the temple garden was a perfect setting for my noisy mind to calm down. Then I was ready to dive into Asami’s world of Hyakunin Isshu to my content.

On this day, I was able to see Asami Kiyokawa (left) herself, and actress Kaho Minami (right) who supports this exhibition through reading the poems’ modern translation,
talking about Asami’s works and the process to this exhibition to be realized. Both ladies were just, so, beautiful….. shining, even glittering. I feel like being charged by these charming beauties.

This exhibition will be open to Dec.10th (Mon) @Ryosokuin temple (in Gion Area)

please check >>>> http://www.asamikiyokawa.com/sennengo/

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