Watercolor Paintings of Traditional Japan

Fukuoka


Usuki, Nioza Street


Oita Castle during Cherry Blossom Season


Yufuin Temple


Taketa


Shonai, Japanese Haystacks


Oita Castle


Yusuhara Temple Path


Yufuin, Thatched Roof Traditional Japanese Building


Yufuin Temple


Story

I have lived in Japan for about 17 or 18 years. I’m losing count. When I first arrived I had the romantic notion that I would be living in a traditional Japanese house in the middle of a rice field. In reality, a place I’m forced to visit everyday, I lived in a 3 storey concrete apartment. It was actually quite a nice apartment apart from the two  cockroaches on the wall waiting to greet me on my arrival – my first encounter with these lovely bugs.

Despite quite a few disenchanting years in Japan, I did slowly start to find some traditional places. And here are a few paintings I’ve done of traditional Japan. I wish there was more to show.