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Koyasan: Senju's Works of Art 1,200 Years After Kūkai

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Koyasan: Senju’s Works of Art 1,200 Years After Kūkai, is a tribute to both Senju Hiroshi, a celebrated contemporary Japanese artist, and Kūkai, a Japanese Buddhist monk credited with founding...

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Senju Hiroshi is a Japanese-born artist known for his large-scale paintings. He graduated from Tokyo University of the Arts in 1987. His work is featured in many prestigious museums across the world including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City and the Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo. Notable public projects include seventy-seven murals at Jukoin of Daitokuji Temple in Kyoto, monumental waterfalls at Tokyo International Airport and the Art Institute of Chicago, and two installations at The Benesse Art Site of Naoshima Island. He was the first Asian artist to receive an Honorable Mention Award at the Venice Biennale in Italy, in 1995. Senju Hiroshi was the president of Kyoto University of Art and Design from 2007 to 2013, and is presently a professor at the university’s graduate school.

Rev. Soeda Ryusho was born in Koyasan, Japan in 1947. In 1972 he graduated from Kyoto University where he studied literature. In 1987 he became the chief priest of Rengejoin in Koyasan. Afterward, he worked at Koyasan Shingon School and was principal at Koyasan Senior High School before being appointed as president of Koyasan Shingon Sect Headquarters at Kongobuji Temple and president of Koyasan University in 2021.

Jumonji Bishin was born in Yokohama in 1947. He began working as a photographer in 1971. He presented his works in the exhibitions New Japanese Photography at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, in 1974; Courtly Splendor at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, in 1990; and Japanische Fotografie at the Museum der Moderne Salzburg in 2018. He became a professor at Tama Art University in 2004 and retired in 2014. He has received numerous awards, held exhibitions and published photo books in Japan, and he still presents his works today.

I have never tired watching the pine trees and the rocks at Mount Koya; the limpid stream of the mountain is the source of my inexhaustible joy.

— Kūkai

In the details

Ultimate Collection curates culture from around the world and across the ages. Hand-bound using traditional techniques, with color plates hand-tipped on art-quality paper, each page of this limited-edition series bears the unique imprint of the artisan.

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In the details

Each purchase comes with complimentary white handling gloves and our signature tote bag.

Page count

145 pages

Number of illustrations

Over 100



Released on

February 2022


W 40 x L 47 x D 8 cm

Cover materials

Hardcover volume in a luxury clamshell case




7.484 kg

Text by Rev. Soeda Ryusho, Photography by Jumonji Bishin

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