My country, Japan, belongs to the temperate zone and has four distinct seasons throughout the year. Since ancient times, we Japanese have valued the culture of enjoying the subtle changes of the four seasons. From lowlands to alpine zones, there are many kinds of wildflowers that bloom vigorously and vigorously throughout the four seasons.
In this collection, I added kanji, one of the main Japanese characters, to Japanese wildflowers to express the names of the wildflowers in the works. Kanji is a writing system created in ancient China's Yellow River civilization more than 4000 years ago. The number of characters is said to be more than 100,000 characters, and it is characterized by an extremely large number of characters. It is believed that it was brought to Japan from China over 1,500 years ago and started to be used around the 4th to 6th centuries.
We Japanese have slowly and successfully incorporated kanji into the Japanese language over a long period of time. Kanji has enriched the world of the Japanese language and can be said to be a splendid language culture that we Japanese are proud of. I would be happy if people all over the world could learn more about Japan through my works that fuse the natural wildflowers of Japan with the traditions of the Japanese language.
The theme this time is Yamashakuyaku.
Yamashakuyaku is a wildflower that grows naturally in forest floors and limestone soils at relatively high altitudes. peony. I climbed into a deep mountain valley in early May. I wondered if I was summoned by some mysterious mountain spirit on the way up the mountain. When I climbed a certain valley, I saw hundreds of yamashakuyaku on the slopes of the valley spread out in front of me, and many of them were blooming with large pearl-like pure white flowers. I was fascinated by them with surprise and excitement at their beauty and power. Standing quietly on the forest floor of deep mountains where no one visits, Its blooming appearance is truly worthy of the name of the Lady of the Forest.