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Suibokuga is mono color picture drawn with a special ink called "sumi."
Precise depictions such as three-dimensional effects and shadows are expressed by shading. The shading of sumi said to "express five types of color."
Suibokuga was brought to Japan from China approximately 700 years ago, and was actively drawn until roughly 100 years ago. As Suibokuga is expressed in a mono color, it gives a rather quiet impression compared with the oil paintings in western countries. Also, many Suibokuga pictures value space as part of the overall structure. As Suibokuga is painted directly without sketching , scenery paintings drawn in a unique style called "Sansui" express a particular beauty using a very fine technique. This type of beauty can be said to be the true "beauty" of Japan.

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