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A photo of an ink painting of Matsuyama castle in the background, with a samurai on horseback in the foreground. The painting is black and white.

Daily Helping for June 29th, 2023 – Matsuyama Castle

I loved my time in Matsuyama. Mostly because I basically drank my weight in orange smoothies while I was there. I also discovered a cave behind a shrine that was straight out of Indiana Jones, and then emerged on the other side into a bamboo forest. It was a magical place.

But the main attraction for me in Matsuyama was the castle on the top of the hill in the centre of the city. It’s one of the few castles in Japan to have survived from the Edo period mostly intact, and it was incredible to visit. I spent several hours wandering its halls and gardens, and I loved every second of it. And just when I thought I couldn’t love it anymore, I came across the gigantic painting above. There’s something so regal about it. Simple and elegant. Absolutely fitting for this castle.

Unfortunately, there was no placard next to it telling me the name of the artist or the piece. At least, not in English. I believe the artist’s name is actually the written text on the right side of the painting, but sadly I cannot read Kanji just yet. If anyone has any insights, I’m all ears.

Suggestions for artists I should check out? Please contact me with your ideas. I hope you enjoyed your daily helping of art!