Hirayama Ikuo Painting Work

The Yakushi-ji Temple

  • Hirayama Ikuo
  • 1997
  • Water color
  • 41.4×32.3cm

This piece of work depicts the East Pagoda which was completed in 730 and was the only remaining structure at the Yakushi-ji Temple. Hirayama Ikuo said,"The solid European pagodas that were made of stone are quite different from the slender and beautiful Japanese pagodas which were made of wood. From the top to the layers, the shape that gradually extends downwards is also excellent in shape. Contrary to what is permanent, although fragile material is used, the architecture that stands upright on earth can only be said to be the unique scenery of Japan." On December 31, 2000, Hirayama Ikuo fulfilled his commitment to Chairman Taka when he presented the Wall painting of the Great Tang of the Western Regions to Xuanzang Tripitaka Hall of the Yakushi-ji Temple.It took nearly 30 years from conception to final completion. It is said that the only regret in Hirayama's mind is that he did not finish it before his death.