Asai Chuu (1856 – 1907), was a Japanese painter who worked in developing the western style art movement in Japanese paining. He traveled to a rural village in Japan, studied abroad in France, and contributed to human resource development of painters, in the Meiji period (1868 – 1912). Fuwa Akira (1901 – 1979), who studied under Ishii Hakutei of Asai Chuu’s school, was born when Asai was staying in France and became the leading person of Japanese watercolor painting.
He said “I think that I can get a beauty that oil paintings do not have, by painting transparently.” He drew the landscape with the eyes of the people who live there, using the watercolor method that allows the base lines and color surfaces to be seen through.
The theme of this museum is “Nature and Humans”. It introduces works such as the “Polar bear” by Francois Pompon (1855 – 1933), a French animal sculptor who used to prepare the carvings for Auguste Rodin (1840 – 1917), the French sculptor. The annex also has a room that reconstituted the atelier of Pompon, and a workshop. It also features the expansive architecture surrounded by a wide lawn and water.
Like painting models and craft in the Edo period (1603 – 1868), Japanese art also influenced Pompon’s style, which omits details and simplifies the form with a flowing silhouette.
The Japanese Romantic Road runs approximately 250km to link Ueda City, Nagano Prefecture, Kusatsu Town, Gunma Prefecture, and Nikko City, Tochigi Prefecture.
Sculptural beauties of nature line the road as Highlands, Waterfalls, Lakes and Wetlands, created by volcanic eruptions from Mt. Asamasan, Mt. Shirane and Mt. Nikko-Shiranesan. Baragiko Lake is a natural reservoir, with landscapes, flowers and wild birds.
You can get to know nature through boating, fishing, walking along the lakeside promenade, and cycling. The campsite is open by the lakeside in the summer, where you can enjoy the safe and fun outdoor life.
The railway runs along the Watarase River, named by Shodo Shounin, a High Priest in the 8th – 9th century, and you can enjoy the beauty of the gorge from the window. In particular, the view of Takatsudokyo in Omamachi, is a spectacular view, which is praised as ” Yabakei Gorge: scenic beauty in Nakatsu Oita, in the Kanto region”.
A trail of approximately 500m will be maintained from downstream of Takatsudo Bridge to upstream of Hanetaki Bridge. You can enjoy a fount of innocence from the mountains’ multi-layered structure, including the scenic spots of the Gorilla-rock and potholes.
This road connects Numata City, Gunma Prefecture to Aizuwakamatsu Fukushima Prefecture, through Ozenuma Pond. This road is known as Aizu Kaido Road, in Gunma and Numata Kaido Road, in Fukushima. This road was A trade route that carried rice and sake from Aizu Fukushima and oil, salt and commodities and merchandise from Joshu Gunma.
And it reaches the wetland at the uppermost stream of the Tadamigawa River, flowing through the Aizu area. In the spring, clear white Mizubasho, skunk cabbage grows in the caramel color wilderness, and in the early summer, golden Nikokisuge, broad dwarf day lilies, grow in colonies, as far as you can see.