Ito Jakuchu. Specializing in birds, such as roosters and cranes and flowers such as orchids and cherry blossoms, he had a unique and innovative style. Of course I couldn't take photos inside the display but I managed to snap a few outside of it.
More bug-eyed tigers on a poster, a magnet, a postcard and a chubby chest.
I like the colours on this guy, painted on individual mosaic squares.
Not bug-eyed but eerie looking.
Here are some of the birds starting with a magnificent cock!
If you like his birds and you have 15 minutes to spare, watch this:
Is there a white elephant in the room? Why yes, there is.
I picked up a cool clear file of the piece with 46 different birds and animals upon it.
Check out this well narrated documentary of his life entitled, "Ito Jakuchu, A Man with no Age". You'll see the above painting after the 2 minute mark.
I like this elephant and bull, each part of a 6 screen painting.
After the show, I went around the back of the Sendai City Museum, something I'd never done before. It was a little chilly and I didn't have my jacket with me, otherwise I might have made the trek up the hill to the ruins of Sendai Castle.
I wanted a nice photo to use the line, "It wasn't a Great Friday, but it was a pretty Good Friday" and this one fit the bill.
As for the title of today's post, Cherry Blossom Viewing is just around the corner here so I picked up a few bottles of Sake to help enjoy the view.