Archive for January, 2017

It’s the Year of the Fire Chicken, so why not start out with this beautiful painting by Itō Jakuchū (伊藤 若冲), one of the greatest painters of animals of all time? This particular painting is titled Rooster and Hen with Hydrangeas, and is part of the larger series called Dōshoku sai-e (動植綵絵), or Pictures of […]


The first bit of this post about the Year of the Sheep dates from two years ago. I was trying to get back to posting regularly, but in the end the work/life overload interfered with that idea, just as it always seems to do. In any case, I’ve wanted to return to this post for […]