Encountered a 500-year-old dragon at a Temple nestled in the mountains in Hiroshima.
I visited Saikozenji Temple deep in the mountains of Miyoshi City, Hiroshima. It was a drizzly day.
As soon as we arrived at the temple, a hanging scroll greeted us. The picture was a one-horned dragon drawn by Sesshu 500 years ago. Although it is a quick drawing, the light from between the clouds is very delicate, and I was impressed by age old traditional Japanese hospitality.
Coincidentally, it was just yesterday that I decided to undertake a journey and embark on a new project to create a dragon themed piece, so when I saw the painting, it spoke to me and its voice resonated in my bones. I remember thinking that day that the rain was enveloping and nourishing the dragon as if ordained by the gods.
It’s only because of human connections that we can experience such things. I myself was on a pilgrimage trip, and I feel like I was able to grasp the time of the universe.