A hard thing about being a painter is knowing when to stop. I’m never completely satisfied with what I do, so I always feel like there’s more that I could do. But as all artists know, could and should are two completely different animals. Sometimes I just have to snap a picture, crop out the ugly tape, and look at it for a few days or weeks. That’s where I’m at with this piece. There are parts I like, and parts I don’t think work so well. After a little time and mental distance, I’ll be able to know whether it works as a whole or not. Usually, I’m happier after a few days.
Miyajima and the Watanabe Ryokan
One of my favorite tourist spots in Japan is Miyajima. It has everything. It’s small and old, has lovely temples and shrines, and is by the sea. I’m sure you’ve seen the amazing gate at Miyajima rising from the water. The island is only accessible by boat, and is about a 20 minute ride from the mainland. Once there, depending on the season, you might find crowds of people joining you, but here’s a hint. After you visit the tourist spots around the gate and shrine, head towards the mountain. There are rarely many people there, but many beautiful places to see. At least it’s been that way when I’ve gone.
And one of my favorite places to stay is the Watanabe Ryokan. I always go to Miyajima with the intention of exploring the island, but then enjoy the ryokan so much that we end up just sticking around there and relaxing. Go check out their website. If you’re taking a trip to Japan, it won’t be complete unless you go to Miyajima, and I highly recommend staying at the Watanabe ryokan while you’re there. And they speak English as well!