The Gardens of Yamagata

<p>THE GARDENS OF<br /> YAMAGATA</p>

Godai-Do  (Y-4)

Godai-Do (Y-4)

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<< Return to The Gardens of Yamagata Yamagata, Japan 立石寺五大堂(山形県山形市宝珠山阿所川院立石寺) This temple was originally built in 860AD, and it was burnt down at least twice and rebuilt each time. …just like the Phoenix rising from its ashes. In July of 1689, the writer Basho had visited and left one of the most famous haiku. “閑さや岩にし み入る蝉の声” “I watch...

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Kajo Koen (Y-18)

Kajo Koen (Y-18)

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<< Return to The Gardens of Yamagata Yamagata, Japan 霞城公園(山形市霞城町) In the spring of 1995, William was invited as ‘artist in residence’ to the Tohoku University of Art & Design in Yamagata City. There are around 1,500 Somei Yoshino – cherry trees planted in the premise. Kajo Koen/Park is located near Yamagata station and within the site of...

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Yamadera  (Y-41)

Yamadera (Y-41)

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<< Return to The Gardens of Yamagata Yamagata, Japan 山寺(山形市大字山寺) Due to the 8 x 20 format of the camera/negative, William was able to capture the panoramic view gracefully. You can see the Nokyo-Do, and it is said to have been built back in 1599. Nokyo-Do houses the hand copied Hokkekyo/法華経(Lotus Sutra) scroll. “I take the old, wooden camera out of the...

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Kozen-Ji  (Y-14)

Kozen-Ji (Y-14)

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<< Return to The Gardens of Yamagata Yamagata, Japan 光禅寺(山形県山形市鉄砲町) In the spring of 1995, William was invited as ‘artist in residence’ to the Tohoku University of Art & Design in Yamagata City. He then was invited back again to Yamagata City in 1998 to have a solo exhibition and to give a lecture at Bunshyoukan Art Museum (文翔館). It was an...

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Kozen-Ji  (Y-20)

Kozen-Ji (Y-20)

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<< Return to The Gardens of Yamagata Yamagata, Japan 光禅寺(山形県山形市鉄砲町) This one was one of William’s personal favorites because the heart shape of the pond reminded him of me… This image was used in the poster announcing William’s exhibition and the lecture at Bunshyoukan Art Museum (文翔館) in Yamagata, back in 1998. “Lifting up the huge...

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Nokyo-Do (Y-36)

Nokyo-Do (Y-36)

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<< Return to The Gardens of Yamagata Yamagata, Japan 納経堂(山形市大字山寺) The temple where Nokyo-Do is situated is said to have been built back in 1599. Nokyo-Do houses the hand copied Hokkekyo/法華経(Lotus Sutra) scroll. “I continue to make photographs until it has become so dark that I can only see from memory. As the last light falls upon the face of the rock, I...

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