About Ikuo Hirayama

About Ikuo Hirayama

Career

“Wall painting of the Great Tang of the Western Regions (The Great Adventure of Xuanzhuang Tripitaka)” in Xuanzhuang Tripitaka Hall of Yakushiji Temple

Ikuo Hirayama bringing a hatchet down into pillar material at a groundbreaking ceremony of the Xuanzhuang Tripitaka Hall of the Yakushiji Temple (1984)

On May 13, 1980, a ceremony to commemorate the start of the wall painting of the Xuanzhuang Tripitaka Hall of the Yakushiji Temple in Nara and the opening of the Hirayama Ikuo Art Studio (in his house in Kamakura) was held.
Xuanzhuang Tripitaka, a Chinese high priest in the Tang Period who brought Buddhism to China in 645 after a 17 year journey to India was the inspiration for Ikuo Hirayama’s paintings on the subject of “Transmission of Buddhism.” The hall to which Ikuo Hirayama dedicated his wall painting was almost the same size as a small lecture hall. Constellations were painted on the ceiling and the “Great Tang of the Western Regions” consisting of seven scenes were painted on the wall to solemnize the achievements of Xuanzhuang Tripitaka. The large painting was 2.15 m in height and 50 m in width (including pillars) and dedicated on December 31, 2000 as a compilation of Ikuo Hirayama’s 30-year investigatory trips visiting the footprints of Xuanzhuang Tripitaka. The Hirayama Ikuo Museum of Art owns a large sketch of the same size as this wall painting.

Ikuo Hirayama bringing a hatchet down into pillar material at a groundbreaking ceremony of the Xuanzhuang Tripitaka Hall of the Yakushiji Temple (1984)

A rough sketch of the wall painting was wound around the building at the groundbreaking ceremony, with Koin Takada, the Yakushiji Temple chief priest drawing his signature and marking his handprint in vermilion on it.

In front of the rough sketch of the wall painting in his studio (1991)

Buddhistic falling flowers by Ikuo Hirayama

Buddhistic falling flowers for a celebration of Yakushiji Temple (1985)

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