Obuse in Nagano, the place to show the breathes of great people The townscape and the masterpiece “Hououzu”, loved by Issa and Hokusai
Obuse Town is located in the northeast part of Nagano Prefecture, and it is known as the famous tourist spot in Kitashinano.
During the Edo Period, Obuse was prospered as an important place of the transition and the economy.
It is a tasteful town to remain historic visible to show the former atmosphere.
And also, it is a famous place that a lot of great people visited; for example, Hokusai Katsushika, Issa Kobayashi, and so on.
Gansyou-In Temple, a part of the Soto Sect founded in 1472, is a temple that Issa remained a poet.
In Gansyou-In Temple, there is the best one to see, that is a masterpiece “Hoppounirami-Hououzu”.
Its size is same as 21 tatami mats, and it was drawn by Hokusai in his later years.
You will meet the big Houou’s eyes from anywhere in this room, and powdery natural ores are used as paints.
Also, gold foils are used a lot, so that its gloss and color does not change a lot.
After 170 years since that was drawn, it has not been recolored, but it has been a beautiful masterpiece.
In the house of Kozan Takai, who was a pupil of Hokusai, there is an atelier for only Hokusai, made by Kozan, and the simple and tasteful tatami floored Japanese room shows the breathe of Hokusai.
There is a scene of a historic painter in his later years.
Also, Obuse is known as a famous product’s place of chestnuts.
For now, it is an attraction that is able to eat chestnuts’ sweets here and there in the town.
While strolling the town to feel the fresh autumn breeze, the gentle time flows there.
You can feel the autumn with a journey to Obuse in Kitashinano.
You might hear the footsteps of Issa, who loved small lives, and Hokusai, who draw powerful works by his old body.
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