Walk in Akita
A Trip through Léonard Foujita’s mural painting:
“Events in Akita.”
Artist Léonard Tsuguharu Foujita sought to preserve and pass down Akita’s culture by painting an everlasting mural-- a challenge he earnestly dedicated his life to achieve. Why did he take on such a challenge?
The painting “Akita-no-gyoji”, or “Events in Akita”, hangs at the Akita Museum of Art, and is said to be the largest mural in the world. Arguably the world’s oldest art form, many murals throughout the world have survived the ravages of time. It’s likely that Foujita became aware of the everlasting nature of murals in Paris, his home away from Japan. He must have wanted to create something in Japan that would last tens of thousands of years, like the paintings in the Lascaux caves.
Of course, this is no more than what we at ON THE TRIP speculate. What will you think once you’ve seen all the events Akita has to offer? We invite you to ponder this on your stroll through Akita, starting with the “Events in Akita” mural.