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Kyoto, Japan

詩仙堂 (京都府京都市左京区一乗寺門口町)

This temple was built by Ishikawa Jozan (石川丈山), a samurai who had served Tokugawa Shogunate, as his hermitage. Its name comes from the fact that there is a room where the portraits of 36 legendary poets of China painted by Kano Tanyu (狩野探幽) are displayed. In William’s compositions, one often encounter the harmonious juxtaposition of straight lines and the curved ones. In this image, the straight lines emphasized by the tatami and shoji screens co-exists peacefully with the organic, curved outlines of the shrubs.