Seasons of Tanada
– a depiction of the primeval Japanese landscape
Located past Art Glass and the Tea Room, the Atrium is a relaxed, open space warmed by gentle sunlight. Its walls are decorated by the gigantic murals that make up Seasons of Tanada.
Terraced rice paddies, which make excellent use of Japan's mountainous geography, have expanded the country's rice harvest. The land is flattened into steps, levees are built, and water is channeled to form the paddies - and then, the rice is grown and harvested. Rice-growing has given shape to Japan's landscape, and the year it takes to grow rice has become part of Japan's annual calendar. One could say that such views of terraced rice paddies represent the primeval landscape of Japan.
These primeval landscapes are depicted in Seasons of Tanada, a work in sumie (India ink) by Mr. Morihiro Hosokawa. The work is made up of views of terraced rice paddies painted on murals, constructed from 60 sheets of washi Japanese paper 2m by 1m in size. These murals decorate the 8.5m-tall walls of the Atrium, offering an unbroken, sweeping view of the four seasons of the rice paddies.