Reuse of Old Paulownia Box

Today’s topic is about reuse of old paulownia box.

 

Sometimes, we happen to receive hanging scrolls(kakejiku) from our customers in heavily damaged paulownia boxes.

For example, the boxes being very old, have cracks, being chipped or torn apart.

 

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They leave us their kakejiku for repairing or remounting and there are actually many people not knowing what to do with this troublesome box.

Nevertheless, people would like to keep it instead of buying a new one.

You know why?

 


 

Every lid of paulownia box has some words on it which serve as a clue for understanding a kakejiku inside the box and these words are called “hakogaki”.
Followings are some examples of “hakogaki” words & phrases :

+ Painter or calligrapher’s authentic signature
+ Information about the painter by a third party
+ Where and when the main work was created
+ Title of the work

 

This is the reason people want to keep their paulownia box even though they are heavily damaged.

 


 

Now we have good news !!

It is able to cut the written parts on the lid out of old paulownia box and then combine the cut part into a new lid.
This technique is not well known but what a master craftsmanship of paulownia box manufacturers!

Please see below picture for your reference.

paulownia box 001  paulownia box 002

 

In more detail.

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You can clearly distinguish between the two colours, old and new.

 

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Now recovered the original function of paulownia box (*1) with keeping the “hakogaki” part perfectly.

 

 

*1 : Paulownia box is used to protect kakejiku from being damaged. It has natural insect repellent effects and also serves as a moisture absorber so that kakejiku can be stored in good condition. Dark-coloured part of old box is the evidence of absorbing too much moisture over many years.

 


 

If you have questions about refreshing your precious paulownia box, please feel free to contact us.

 

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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


Our Business

 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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