The word ‘Nihonga’ - literally Japanese-Style painting, was first used to distinguish the difference between Japanese art and the western oil paintings that were seen after the Meiji period – the difference between the two being the raw materials used. One of the many special features of ‘Nihonga’ is the use of natural mineral pigments finely ground for color and the use of glues in the painting process. These techniques have continued to be used since the Nara Period (710-794 CE) and take require a long time to perform. Artist Makoto Takahashi has utilized this unique nature of ‘Nihonga’’s textures and blended them with western motifs. His piece ‘M&B’ is especially unique in its use of Azure Blue minerals which are very similar to those used in the murals of the Nara Period (710-794 CE).