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Koyo no nishiki, kami no manimani (Maple-leaf Brocade — At the Mercy of the Gods)


The title of this work comes from a poem by SUGAWARA-no-Michizane (845-903) and that is what I based this work on.
I come from Kyoto where the most beautiful season is autumn so I used this for my theme this year. The finished result resembles the valley of Takao which lies to the north of Kyoto.
I wanted to create an image in which the motif of maple leaves woven into the brocade appears to overlap with the real leaves that are falling from the trees. In order to achieve this, I exaggerated the spread of the hem of the kimono so it would catch as many of the leaves as possible. My offering of maple leaves may not equal Michizane’s poem of supplication to the gods, but I hope that it will remain in the hearts of everybody who sees it.
Thank you very much for inviting me to take part in this event again.
kimizuka_aoi kimono

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