This painting has been a little while in the making, due to business at work, and indecision about what to do with the water… I’m still not sure that I’m happy with it. It was originally a lot more painterly than typical ukiyoe, which usually has much smoother and simpler gradients… I played around with both extremes, and I couldn’t really decide one one… the painterly water looked nice, I thought, but didn’t fit the style of the rest of the picture. I eventually settled on somewhere in between the two, and here is the result:
This place is in a town called Mikuni here in Fukui, at a beach called Mikuni Sunset Beach. It’s a very famous and very pretty beach with many ryokans (Japanese traditional inns) along the waterfront. It’s just south of the Tojimbo cliffs, a very popular suicide destination in Japan. Mikuni is where I saw the big fireworks festival over Obon week.