Okakura Tenshin(Kakuzō): The leader of Japanese modern art

↑↑ This is Okakura Tenshin at Central Park in Fukui city.


In 2013, Okakura Tenshin’s 150th birthday anniversary exhibition was held at Fukui Prefectural Museum of Fine Arts. I went there and saw the first edition of The Book of Tea and artworks by his students, like Yokoyama Taikan.

Tenshin was born in Yokohama, Japan, in 1863. Since his father was born in Fukui, Tenshin always said that his own hometown was Fukui. He’d studied English since the age of 8, and he’d also studied the Chinese classics, like the Analects of Confucius, since the age of 10. He went to the University of Tokyo and studied politics, economics, philosophy, English literature, Japanese literature, and Chinese classical literature. read more

Meikyodo: a mysterious cave in Takahama-cho, Fukui Prefecture

↑↑This is Shiroyama Park.


The power of nature is always beyond people’s imagination. A while ago I read about a mysterious cave in Takahama-cho in Fukui Prefecture, and I recently went there.

Takahama-cho is located on the western edge of Fukui Prefecture. Meikyodo, the mysterious cave, is in Shiroyama Park, which is about 20 minutes on foot from JR Wakasa-Takahama Station. The park is on the former site of Takahama Castle, and you can get into it for free. The view of the sunset from the park is beautiful and has been designated as one of Japan’s 100 Most Beautiful Sunsets. I wasn’t able to see the sunset or take any pictures of it, but I found the pictures from Fukui Photo Gallery. (Please see below pictures.) read more