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58 x 36 inches (146 x 90 cm)
Acrylic and gold leaf on canvas
Art to promote friendship between Islam and Japan
In April 2015, I had a show at Arab Week 2015 Art Exhibition held at the Embassy of the Sultanate of Oman. I made a painting under the title "Moon" for this occasion. The painting shows the mutual friendship by arranging the traditional Japanese pattern and a woman wearing abaya: the motifs having an affinity between Japan and Islam.

The moon is familiar with an early Japanese folktale “The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter” tells that a woman goes back to the moon due to her sin and punishment. The moon also plays an important role in a Muslim culture where the lunar solar calendar is used and according to which the fasting month Ramadan starts.

In the painting, a dagger called khanjar is depicted. This is a symbol of a man's origin, his manhood and courage since it is given to a boy who reaches puberty in the Sultanate of Oman, the sponsored country. Takara-zukushi (a collection of figures symbolical of health, worth, comfort, sweetness, luxury, etc.) decorates the background. The texture is frequently used in Kimono’s obi (sash), and this obi in the painting is made from Kawashima obi, the notable Kimono pattern. This traditional Japanese pattern is popular as it indicates auspiciousness and invitation to happiness. Those flamboyant and prestigious obis are seen at celebrating occasions such as weddings and tea ceremonies.

This artwork was praised by Her Imperial Highness Princess Takamado by saying “Extremely beautiful color”. Lastly, I would like to modestly express my gratitude for receiving Certificate of Appreciation from the Ambassador of the State of Palestine and the Ambassador of Sultanate of Oman.

58 x 36 inches (146 x 90 cm)
2015年4月、オマーン・スルタン国大使館主催のArab Week 2015 Art Exhibitionに出展するために描いた作品。タイトルは「Moon」。日本の文様や、アバヤを纏った女性など日本とイスラムにとって親和性のあるモチーフを配置することで、お互いの友好を表している。