Watercolor paintings of Kusu

In November 2020, we went to Kusu.

This is a small Japanese town in a beautiful national park called Kuju.

It’s famous for a mountain that looks like a tree trump.

And it is actually called “tree trump mountain” or “Kirikabu” in Japanese.

It is a long and winding road to the top of the mountain but we could see the beautiful autumn leaves on the way up.

The top of the mountain is flat and mostly grassy.

I was surprised that it was fairly warm too.

The view is spectacular. You can see many rice fields. 

It must look beautiful in the rainy season and I’ll try to come here again at that time and paint it.

The painting above is of the top of the mountain.

I like to think I captured the glorious light that we experienced on that day.

There were many paragliders launching off the side of the mountain.

And there were also some fun play facilities.

They have a set of swings with enormously long chains the like of which I’ve never seen before.

If you ever got really high it would be terrifying.

They also have a zipline.

And they have some wooden posts with cuts and bars in them for climbing up. Some of the wooden posts are very high. I nearly had a heart attack when my daughter climbed to the top of the highest one.

After the mountain, we saw Jion waterfall which was very dramatic.

But sadly it was in shade so I couldn’t get a good photo of it from which to make a painting.

I’ll have to go to this place again.

But as we drove to the waterfall we saw some really beautiful countryside scenery which led to the painting below.

And then we went to a play park next to Kusu river.

While my daughter was playing around, I went and took some photos of Kusu river. It looked very beautiful.

It was a great day out and I hope I capture that in these paintings.

And yes I did an odd painting, so here is a painting of a tunnel. I just found it interesting.

That’s all. Mata ne.

Gareth Naylor

I am an Englishman living and painting in Japan. I have now been here for over 17 years and have been painting for all that time. I love to travel around the Japanese countryside and find beautiful places to paint.

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