List of Works

"The Wind and Thunder Gods / Tawaraya Sotatsu"

The Wind and Thunder Gods (left)The Wind and Thunder Gods (right)

These images are based on the high resolution facsimile produced by the Tsuzuri Project. Unauthorized copying, duplication, or transfer of these images is strictly prohibited.

  • Artist : Tawaraya Sotatsu
  • Historical era : Edo (17th century)
  • Material : Printed on washi, with gold leafs applied
  • Medium : Pair of two-fold screens
  • Theme : High Resolution Facsimile of Historical Cultural Assets
  • Size : Each screen 176.0 x 194.0 cm (L x W)
  • Recipient : Kenninji Temple (Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture)
  • [Original]
  • Current owner : Kenninji Temple
  • Material : Gold-colored paper


The wind god controls the wind, and the thunder god controls lightening. Particularly in ancient India, the wind god was revered as the god that bestows fortune and prosperity upon all forms of life, and has therefore been considered as the god of fertility. In this painting, Sotatsu uses gold leaf to depict an empty space of "infinite depth" upon which he applies a special technique to draw truly magnificent "clouds" using ink and water. To the viewer, the painting creates an image of a deified wind god and thunder god suddenly emerging from a void. The story of these gods are passed down today as a national treasure of Japan.

Exhibit Information

Exhibit dates: Currently on display.

Place: Kenninji Temple (Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture)


Kyoto Culture Association (NPO)
Canon Inc.


Kyoto Culture Association (NPO)
Formerly Kyoto City Seitoku Junior high school 3F
290 Hanjocho Takatsuji Street Muromachi nishi
Shimogyo ku
Kyoto City, Kyoto
Japan 600-8433