Sunday, December 27, 2015

Japan Sketchbook - 10 and 11

Thatch-roofed temple at Shirakawa
Watercolour and crayon
©2015 Charlene Brown

Our day trip to Shirakawa took us through a series of viaducts and tunnels, one 11 km long! Before the tunnels were built, the area was so isolated and snow-bound, it was sometimes called the Tibet of Japan, and a unique thatched architecture evolved.  I thought the temple pictured on the left was an especially appealing example of this, and made a point of putting it in the second painting, in which I’ve tried to include the whole village, along with the three to five-story A-frame houses, the suspension bridge, the vegetable gardens and paddies on the valley floor, and even the terraced crops on the mountain slope in the background. The temple, should you be looking for it, is surrounded by purple trees, just to the left of the centre of the panorama view.

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Shirakawa Village
Watercolour, crayon and marker
©2015 Charlene Brown