Red Mt. Fuji Painting by Tomo Katou Pleased the Customer.

Today, I delivered the kakejiku (Japanese hanging scroll) of Akafuji (Red Mt. Fuji) painted by Tomo Katou (a Japanese-style painter) to my customer, who lives in Tanba city.

The red color of Tomo Katou’s painting is really beautiful. The color of this painting, made with “iwa-enogu” (mineral pigments), is typical of his art.

A characteristic of iwa-enogu is that many layers of paint can be applied, because they don’t dissolve like water-based paints do. Nihonga (Japanese-style) painters can express great depth and vividness of color by repeatedly painting iwa-enogu layers. While it is very difficult to create ideal colors using this technique, iwa-enogu can still be very beautiful.
Paintings made for framing are often different from ones made for kakejiku (hanging scrolls) in how the artist applies iwa-enogu. Iwa-enogu are often heavily applied to paintings for framing, so they can’t be mounted in kakejiku. This is because they may be damaged if you roll them up. Therefore, Iwa-enogu are usually lightly applied to kakejiku paintings.
However, the artist Tomo Katou knows a special method for iwa-enogu painting. He can apply iwa-enogu heavily on kakejiku paintings in order to create beautifully colored works that stay undamaged if rolled up.

Besides, he is known as an expert Mt. Fuji painter, and this painting shows his great sense and technique.

My customer was very impressed and glad about this work.

Today was great for me, too.

This artwork is my favorite, too.

kakejiku with Red Mt. Fuji painting by Tomo Katou

The Kakejiku with Red Mt. Fuji Painting by Tomo Katou

Please refer to the following.

Akafuji (Red Mt. Fuji)

042 Red Mt. Fuji / Tomo Katou – Aka-fuji

046 Red Mt. Fuji / Tomo Katou – Reimei Fuji

047 Red Mt. Fuji / Tomo Katou – Reimei Fuji

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 The Japanese people have long set a high value on aesthetic senses since ancient times. As a result, the
peculiar culture which is not seen in other countries blossomed and many aspects of the modern Japanese
culture come from it. Parts of Japanese culture has been introduced to people in other countries recently,
so the number of people from other countries who are interested in Japanese culture has been increasing.
However, the Japanese aesthetic senses, which are the bases of Japanese culture, have been nurtured
through a long history, intertwining various elements intricately, such as climate, geographical features,
religion, customs and so on. Therefore, they are very difficult to understand not only for people from other
countries, but even for the Japanese people. I think the best tool which conveys these difficult senses
understandably is a “kakejiku.”
 The kakejiku (a hanging scroll; a work of calligraphy or a painting which is mounted and hung in an
alcove or on a wall) is a traditional Japanese art. It's no exaggeration to say that paintings are what
express aesthetic senses at all times and places. The kakejiku is an art which expresses the Japanese
aesthetic senses. The kakejiku has long been used in traditional Japanese events, daily life and so on since
ancient times. As a result, there are various customs of kakejiku in Japan; kakejiku and the life of the
Japanese are closely related. We can see Japanese values through kakejiku.
 The kakejiku is a cultural tradition which the Japanese people should be proud of. However, many people
in other countries don't know much about it because it hasn't been showcased as much. This is why I
decided to try to introduce it. The kakejiku world is very interesting and beautiful. We want not only the
Japanese, but also many people from other countries to know and enjoy it. I hope that many people will
love kakejiku someday.

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Name Art Nomura


President Tatsuji Nomura


Founded1973


Established1992


Address7-23 Babadori, Tarumi-ku, Kobe city,
Hyougo Prefecture, 655-0021, Japan



Capital10 million yen


URLhttp://nomurakakejiku.com


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 Art Nomura is an art dealer which produces kakejiku (hanging scrolls). We mount many paintings and calligraphic works in kakejiku in my factory. Kakejiku are our main product. We also remount and repair old or damaged kakejiku. We share the traditional Japanese art of kakejiku with people all over the world.



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 The Japanese people have long set a high value on aesthetic senses since ancient times. As a result, the
peculiar culture which is not seen in other countries blossomed and many aspects of the modern Japanese
culture come from it. Parts of Japanese culture has been introduced to people in other countries recently,
so the number of people from other countries who are interested in Japanese culture has been increasing.
However, the Japanese aesthetic senses, which are the bases of Japanese culture, have been nurtured
through a long history, intertwining various elements intricately, such as climate, geographical features,
religion, customs and so on. Therefore, they are very difficult to understand not only for people from other
countries, but even for the Japanese people. I think the best tool which conveys these difficult senses
understandably is a “kakejiku.”
 The kakejiku (a hanging scroll; a work of calligraphy or a painting which is mounted and hung in an
alcove or on a wall) is a traditional Japanese art. It's no exaggeration to say that paintings are what
express aesthetic senses at all times and places. The kakejiku is an art which expresses the Japanese
aesthetic senses. The kakejiku has long been used in traditional Japanese events, daily life and so on since
ancient times. As a result, there are various customs of kakejiku in Japan; kakejiku and the life of the
Japanese are closely related. We can see Japanese values through kakejiku.
 The kakejiku is a cultural tradition which the Japanese people should be proud of. However, many people
in other countries don't know much about it because it hasn't been showcased as much. This is why I
decided to try to introduce it. The kakejiku world is very interesting and beautiful. We want not only the
Japanese, but also many people from other countries to know and enjoy it. I hope that many people will
love kakejiku someday.

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