You can catch glimpses of the Higashiyama mountains - the setting for the famous Daimonji bonfire honoring the spirits of ancestors during the Obon festival - from the garden at Hakusasonso. From the second floor of the art museum, these magnificent mountains look like a large landscape painted on a folding screen. Visitors can enjoy these abundant views with beautiful cherry blossoms in the spring and colorful foliage in the autumn.
Hashimoto Kansetsu (1883-1945) was a Nihonga (Japanese-style painting) artist who was active in the art world of Kyoto during the modern era from the Taisho to Showa periods. He prossesses profound knowledge of ancient Japanese and Chinese classical dokuments and history, and was also knowledgeable in ancient and modern calligraphy art based on poetry. His talent was evident from childhood and after deciding to become an artist he produced “new Nanga” (the southern school of Chinese painting) and Classic-painting incorporating the styles of various schools from inside and outside Japan , which he studied by himself , based on the Shijo-school. The siries of animals he made in his last years was especially highly evaluated. He is also known for creating many gardens throughtout his life and collecting countless numbers of old works of art.
|1883||Born in Kobe-city , Hyogo prefecture , Japan|
|1898||Moved to Tokyo to become a painter|
|1903||Entered Takeuchi Seiho is private painting “Chikujo-kai” school in Kyoto|
|1905||Served in the Russo-Japanese war|
|1913||Won his first prize with “Chijitsu (Long Spring Day)” , which was exhibited in the 7th Bunten Exhibition.|
|1916||Completed and moved to Hakusasonso near Ginakakuji-temple in Kyoto|
Received his first special prize for ” Hanshan and Shide” , which was exhibited in the 12th Imperial academy art exhibition.
|1922||Donated 360 cherry trees along the Philosopher’s path are referred to as “Kansetsu’s cherry trees”|
|1928||Displayed “Mulan” and “Xiaoxiang” in an exhibition of Japanese art held in Paris , France.|
|1929||Displayed “Black gibbon” in an exhibition of Japanese art held in Rome , Italy.|
|1932||Yone , the wife who supported Kansetsu , passed away.|
|1933||Displayed “Black gibbon” in the 14th Imperial academy art exhibition.|
It was then purchased by the Ministry of Education , Science and Culture.
|1934||Was appointed as Imperial Househeld artist.|
|1939||Displayed “Sou-en (White monkey) ” at the Newyork world fair exhibition.|
|1940||Completed and exhibited 48 Fusuma (sliding door) paintings for Ken-ninji temple in Kyoto.|
|1945||Passed away at Hakusasonso - the age of 61.|