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Takuma School

Takuma School is a school of Buddhist painters associated with the Chinese-style painting that has its beginnings in the artist Tametou Takuma of the late Heian period and that flourished during the Kamakura period. This school actively accepted the style of Song dynasty Buddhist paintings which were imported in those days. It is characterized by the use of thick sumi ink lines and lightly applied cold colors that highlight the lines. Its simple but rigorous style is in contrast to the expression found in the wire-line drawing of Fujiwara Buddhist paintings that flourished from the mid-to the late Heian period or to the warm and rich colors as well as the magnificent expressions found in kirikane”. Moreover, Takuma School further adapted the Song style to fit the Japanese climate and led to the formation of one type of Buddhist painting of the medieval period. A representative work is Juuniten byoubu (Touji temple) by Tametou’s son, Shouga. Other artists of this school include Shunga, Chouga and Eiga. Takuma School continued until the latter half of the 14 th century.

 

Kirikane

Kirikane is a technique used to express designs and patterns by cutting leaves that have been made thicker by burning several sheets of leaf together (yakiawase technique) into very thin strips or small triangular, square or diamond shaped pieces and pasting them on a painting. The term kirikane is also used to refer to this kind of expression itself. The technique was imported from China. Examples of kirikane in Japan are found on sculptures and paintings of the Nara period, but it developed greatly from the Heian to Kamakura periods. Kirikane of the Heian period is characterized by its delicate and refined beauty that harmonizes with the soft colors. In the Kamakura period, kirikane skillfully rendered on a gold “dei” (powder manufactured from leaf) background became the main stream. It is a decorative technique used mainly in Buddhist paintings and sculpture.

 

Takuma School artwork

Juuniten Byoubu / Shouga Takuma (Touji temple)

 

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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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