This place is in or near Wasada. Wasada is a region on the outskirts of Oita city. In this region, the urban landscape starts to disappear and farmhouses and fields begin to appear. I found this place by chance during a cycling adventure.
Miyajima is one of my favorite places in Japan. And I have been there several times. It is an island with a temple built on the beach. The buildings of the temple are on stilts. And when the tide comes in the sea comes right up to the buildings. It’s very beautiful.
I know the place in this painting very well. But I don’t know when I painted this picture. It is a very old painting. I could have painted this picture as far back as 2010. At that time I was getting on my bicycle and cycling deep into the Japanese countryside.