A sandbar covered with gnarled pine-trees stretches out across
the water from the right of the screen, reaching towards the promontory
on which stands Chion-ji temple. Pilgrims disembark from boats
and approach the temple buildings. Others, on the left, enjoy
a picnic by the pagoda. Sandy beaches ring the landscape and a
fishing village lies on the far shore. In the top-right corner
the dividing ridges of rice-fields can be seen.
One of the “Three Great Beauty Spots” of Japan and
famous since the twelfth century, Ama-no-Hashidate (literally,
Bridge of Heaven) refers to the sandbar itself, which lies on
the mainland coastline, to the north of Kyoto. The richness of
the screen includes not only the colors of the landscape, but
also the intricate raised design on the gold clouds in a technique
using gesso under the gold leaf.