Nagasawa Rosetsu and The Tiger

Tiger (1786) by Nagasawa Rosetsu (1754-1799), detail from a set of six sliding door panels, ink on paper, Muryo-ji, Kushimoto. Important Cultural Property

For eight weeks, Japan’s most famous tiger is on show in Zurich in an exhibition entitled Ferocious Brush. Nagasawa Rosetsu painted the tiger image in the 18th century and the legend states that Nagasawa Rosetsu (1754–1799) painted this monumental tiger… Continue reading

Kenninji Temple: The Roots of Zen in Japan

Kenninji Temple, the Roots of Zen in Japan, Oxherd Playing a Flute by Nagasawa Tosetsu, Edo period, 18th century, Kyushoin, Kyoto

RATHER-LESS VISTED by foreign tourists than other major sites, Kenninji Temple is well-known for being the oldest Zen temple in Kyoto, even though it has been much re-built from time to time throughout its history. The temple was founded in… Continue reading