This month's artwork is "Suirokaku" (Waterway Pavilion). While the sun's rays are sharp enough to remind us of the arrival of summer, once we step into the shadows created by the brick arches, a pleasant breeze blows through, and we feel the beautiful season as if our bodies are being tinted green.
The Suirokaku, which rises to the south of the Nanzenji temple grounds, is a waterway that carries water from Lake Biwa to Kyoto. 130 years ago, when it was first built, one might imagine that the combination of the historic temple grounds and the 9-meter-high Western-style brick canal might have seemed strange to some, but over time, the Suirokaku's moss-covered bricks have become more elegant, and it has become a natural part of the temple's landscape, and the temple's architecture has become a symbol of the temple's history and its history. The Suirokaku, however, has been preserved over time, and the mossy brickwork has become a natural part of the temple's scenery, and is one of the attractions that draw many visitors to Nanzenji.
Masao Ido said, "Birds and animals in the sky, insects and fish in the water, as well as flowers and trees, all life is on earth by the will of the universe. Perhaps he felt the energy of the universe and wanted to depict it in this season when the young leaves of all kinds of trees are sprouting.