Erik Kaye (Japan paintings)

Ramen Cooks, Ofuna

by Erik Kaye

copyright 2010

Odakyu Line

by Erik Kaye, copyright 2008
watercolor painting

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My friend Erik Kaye, now living in Japan with his wife Corinne, sent this and a series of other paintings to us.

This particular painting is a beginning of his series on life in Japan. He has others of a trip to India as well as several abstracts. Really beautiful.

Thank you so much Erik!


(Double click on the picture and you will get a larger version)
By Erik Kaye, copyright 2008

Megane: Kintaro’s Eyeglasses

by Erik Kaye
copyright 2008
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Here’s what Erik has to say about the above painting:
Megane: Kintaro’s Eyeglasses, that’s pronounced Meh-gah-neh, which is the word prominently spelled in reverse in the upper left-hand corner of the windows, and means eyeglasses. The cartoony head beside the big word is Kintaro– Golden Taro or Golden Boy– a folk legend who is the mascot for “Megane Do-rah-gu* (Megane Drugs Incorporated).

Please note this is a work-in-progress. Most of the details are in place, but it needs a lot of tweaking to give the plane of reflective mirror-glass the sheen that was the goal when I began this painting. “
—–Erik Kaye

ShonanDaira III

by Erik Kaye, copyright 2008
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“Re the series , ShonanDaira– Shonan is the name for this seaside region on the backside of Sagami Bay which is essentially the outer chamber of Tokyo Bay. Daira is a word that usually means plane or plateau (the Chinese character also means ‘flat’) but I think here can be translated into ‘butte.’ Yah, that sounds right, Shonan Butte.”
—–Erik Kaye

海の日、江の島, The Day of the Sea, Enoshima

by Erik Kaye
copyright 2008

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This is another in a series of watercolors of Japan by Erik Kaye. He has been living there with his wife since the late nineties.

Ryukoji View, Katase

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by Erik Kaye, copyright 2008

“Its a famous nearby temple, Ryukoji, (ji means temple-Ryu means Dragon, Ko means mouth– Dragon Mouth Temple) where the Saint Nichiren was being executed when a bolt of lightning hit the axe-blade as it was being swung to his neck. The superstitious fools of that time refused to believe it was completely coincidental!
Of course we today know differently, heh, heh. Ka-ta-se is the name of the town.

This is one of the first elaborate landscapes I did in Japan, in 1999. I sold it for ¥60,000 or about $600 to Ms. Kimiko Sano, a student of both Corinne and mine.”
—–Erik Kaye, American Artist working with his wife Corinne as English Language teachers in Japan.

Devil Girl

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by Erik Kaye, copyright 2008

80 cm wide x 110 cm high (roughly 31 3/4″ x 43 1/2″)

Note: Eric says this is a composite picture inspired by a rave celebrating the viewing of cherry blossoms at Yoyogi Park in Tokyo. Eric says the whole country goes crazy for roughly two weeks in the spring when the cherry blossoms come out.

watercolor painting by Erik Kaye
copyright 2009, 2010
“Yokohama Mirror Glass” by Erik Kaye, copyright 2010 

“This is my third painting of this view, slightly unfinished. While I began the first view, construction workers covered the wall of the big Station building with tarps and completely renovated the wall, changing the outer facing with mirrorglass. I just had to paint the contrast of the geometric rooftop structures and the distorted psychedelic reflections on the glass. Glass is actually classified as a liquid.”
– Erik Kaye
Note: See this and more of Erik’s paintings on flickr at:

2 replies

  1. Hi Erik! If You could forward my provided email to Erik Kaye, I’d apprciate it! He left a message on my blog about getting back in contact, I’m also on facebook and myspace so do a search, erik, you’ll find me! or go to my commerical sites, and

    I love you Erik! See you soon! I’m in San Diego now. LOVe!



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