I took this picture back in 2004 on our first visit to Japan. Our son was working there and took us on a tour of this beautiful country. My camera at that time had limited pixels and only took a small picture. I always thought that this image would make a good digital painting. I love the greens and yellows in the original and in my mind's eye. So using oil brushes in Painter 12, I emphasized their intensity and beauty. I wanted some brush strokes and texture to show through as well.