Melody of the Sky
The painting depicts the Phoenix Hall of Byodo-in Temple in Uji, Kyoto Prefecture. One of the best examples of Buddhist Pure Land (Jodo) architecture, the temple houses the statue of the Amida Buddha, which is surrounded by numerous Bodhisattvas on clouds, dancing, playing musical instruments, and praying. Inspired by Jocho Busshi, a great Buddhist sculptor from the Heian era, Kinutani painted the image of the Bodhisattva floating in the sun, imagining the thoughts of the ancient people who sought for rebirth in paradise. This is an homage to the dreams and hopes of all living beings.