List of Works

"Seven Sages in a Bamboo Grove of Shitchu room / Kaiho Yusho"

Seven Sages in a Bamboo Grove of Shitchu room / Kaiho Yusho (left)

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 : Kaiho Yusho
  • Historical era : Azuchi-Momoyama (16th Century)
  • Material : Printed on washi paper
  • Medium : Twenty sliding doors
  • Theme : High Resolution Facsimile of Historical Cultural Assets
  • Size : 8 panels : Each screen 197.0 × 187.0 cm (L x W)
               4 panels : Each screen 187.0 × 159.5 cm (L x W)
               4 panels : Each screen 187.0 × 89.0 cm (L x W)
  • Recipient : Kenninji Temple (Kyoto City, Kyoto)
  • [Original]
  • Current owner : Kenninji Temple
  • Material : Ink painting on washi paper


Among a collection of 50 panels of the Abbot's Chambers at Kenninji Temple are 16 panels of images on sliding doors decorating an inner room. They were painted by Kaiho Yusho, who was involved in a revival of Kenninji Temple in the early modern era. The "Seven Sages in a Bamboo Grove" depicts the seven sages in a bamboo thicket drinking wine, playing music, and indulging in noble and refined discussion (which transcends this world), having escaped the national crisis of Wei Jin era (mid-3rd century) in China. It is believed they had been critical of politics driven by the Sima clan, who were in power at that time, and their Confucian morals (with restrictions on freedom of speech). This free-spirited behavior won great support in the ensuing years. Kaiho Yusho specialized in portraits of people wearing loose and baggy clothing that appears to billow in the wind; these were known as fukuro-e (bag) style paintings. The "Seven Sages in a Bamboo Grove" is typical of his work.

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