Hayashi Jun’ichi ‘A Weeping Cherry Tree‘ 2002

The cherry blossom is a symbolic flower in Japan, and I have been drawing it as my life work for more than two decades. The Taki Sakura in Miharu is the biggest weeping cherry tree in Japan, and I completed this work after several years of research. When it is fully bloomed, it looks like a multi-layered waterfall. I am truly touched by its size and beauty.
— Jun'ichi Hayashi


Jun’ichi Hayashi was born in 1943 (Showa 18) in Kyoto.  While attending Kyoto City University of Arts in 1965, he exhibited his work The Place of Water in the Nihonga division of the Spring Edition of Shinseisaku Kyokai, receiving the Spring Exhibition Award for his painting.  After completing the advance course of study at Kyoto City University of Arts in 1968, he exhibited his works in numerous solo and group exhibitions.  In 1984, he participated in the formation of Yoko no Kai — a joint effort founded with the goal of exhibiting freely from the constraints of organizations — where he would go on to present his works for a decade.  In 1998, he founded the Nihonga research group NEXT. In 2006, he created works at the Kyoto State Guest House, and in 2008, he received the Kyoto Prefecture Cultural Award for Distinguished Service.  In 2010, he was inaugurated as a professor emeritus of Kyoto Saga University of Arts. He currently resides in Kyoto, where he continues to share the spirit and style of Nihonga with younger generations, all while pursuing his life work depicting motifs such as the sakura, autumn plants, waterfalls, and snow.  Within the landscape of contemporary Nihonga, he is renowned as an expert for his renderings of flowering trees.