Watercolor paintings of Japanese temples and shrines

This is a collection of paintings of Japanese temples and shrine mostly in Oita prefecture where I live. There are though some paintings outside of Oita prefecture such as Miyajima temple which I have visited several times. And this collection spans over 10 years of painting adventures in Japan. Some of these paintings have a story to go with them and I will be adding a link to them at some point. Also, some of the paintings are in a portrait format but have been shown in a landscape format in order to maintain a pleasantly symmetrical layout. I will, though, at some point add a link so you can see all the paintings in their true proportions and at a larger size. I also think I should change the chronological order and have the latest paintings at the top and the oldest at the bottom. So this will probably happen at some point.

Temple in Oita city

Painted in 2010

See the full picture and read how I annoyed a monk while painting here.

Shrine near Ono river

Painting in 2010

Read my story about this painting.

Nagahama Shrine

Painted in 2011

Every year they have a festival in Nagahama and at the shrine they have a traditional and very exciting performance.

Temple in Miyajima

Painted in 2011

I think this was my second visit. This is a beautiful place.

Shrine near Wasada

Painted in 2013

In the countryside, you can sometimes see a steep flight of steps cut through tree covered hills and leading to a shrine.

Temple in Usuki

Painted in 2014

I think this is a temple but I’m not completely sure.

Yusuhara shrine

Painted in 2014

Painting of the steps leading up to Yusuhara shrine. There are many steps.

Manju temple

Painted in 2014

This is my local shrine and it is a very beautiful place.

Manju temple

Painted in 2015

This is a beautiful entrance … read more.

Miyajima temple

Painted in 2015

Painting of people strolling along the beach in front of Miyajima temple.

Yusuhara shrine

Painted in 2016

People walking up the steps to Yusuhara shrine just after New Year’s Day. Painted in 2016.

Manju temple

Painted in 2016

Painting of construction work at Manju temple.

Yufuin shrine

Painted in 2017

This is one of many shrines in the partially picturesque town of Yufuin.

Bungo-ono shrine

Painted in 2018

I saw this shrine near a pool that we had come to bathe in and to cool down in because it was a very hot summer’s day.

Yufuin shrine

Painted in 2019

I loved the autumn foliage surrounding this beautiful gate which leads to the shrine.

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