Nothing quite prepares you for the bright neon lights of Tokyo or indeed the gentle curves of Japan's lush green countryside, as you speed along in a bullet train to visit the many temples of Kyoto. But when you have seen it with your own eyes, it will stay with you forever, holding a special place in your heart. Just looking at Alice Tye's latest body of work, Mono No Aware, I can see she too has been charmed by the Land of the Rising Sun.
The title literally translates as "the pathos of things", a Japanese phrase for the awareness of impermanence or the transience of things and a wistfulness at their passing as well as a deeper sadness about this state being the reality of life.
Based on the London artist and illustrator's own experiences of travelling through Japan in the spring of 2017, the art series focuses on Hanami – the Japanese tradition of enjoying the transient beauty of flowers, usually during cherry blossom season. As well as her paintings, Alice includes a number of photographs for the first time, helping to capture the urban and countryside aspects to Japan.