A dragon painted in exquisite detail, right down to the scales and whiskers, on the ceiling of Hongaku-ji Temple. If you look carefully, you will see that there is grafting on the ceiling boards. Actually, the painted ceiling was renovated by Yoshine Morimura, a Japanese-style painter born in Nagoya in 1914, after an earthquake during the Meiji period damaged the original work by Ikkei Ukita, a Yamato-e painter of the late Edo period. So it can be said that the ceiling which can be seen today is the result of a collaboration between two artists across time. The dragon fixes visitors with a sharp stare.
※ Views like the one shown in the photo can only be seen under certain conditions (time of day, weather etc.).
Hongaku-ji Temple is located near Takehana Station, and admission is free. Enter the main hall to see the dragon painted on the ceiling. Since a canopy hangs from the ceiling in the center of the hall, the whole picture cannot be viewed from one spot, so try looking at it from various angles. The dragon's expression and impression of movement depends on where you are looking from, and you will get the feeling that it is staring in all directions.
The pleasure of travel: Hongaku-ji Temple
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updated on Mar 31, 2015