Moth and Insect Repellent / Bouchuukou

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Today we would like to talk about “bouchuukou”, a tool that is used for protecting hanging scrolls.
Hanging scrolls are mainly made of papers and fabrics. These materials are the things that certain insects love to eat.
For the protection of your precious scrolls from the annoying insects, we highly recommend the use of a bouchuukou.

For more info about insects that are harmful to the hanging scrolls, please see below :
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thysanura
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anobiidae

 

What is a bouchuukou?

Bouchuukou is a natural insect repellent that helps protect the hanging scrolls from moths and insects.
A mix of chopped fragrant wood and other spices are put inside a paper sachet.
It scents at a room temperature so there is no need to use a fire.
Since a bouchuukou is made from naturally occurring sources, it simply discourages insects by its fragrance and send them flying or crawling away. It is only repellent so it does not act as insecticides.

 

The reason that we highly recommend a “natural” insect repellent.

For the protection of the hanging scrolls, please avoid using the chemical repellents such as Naphthalene & Paradichlorobenzene.
This is because they are more likely to damage the hanging scrolls for following reasons :

– Negative Effects of Chemical Repellents –
+ May cause a chemical reaction and deform the materials.
(For example, end of roller rods sometimes gets melted with Naphthalene.)
+ Can be a cause of stains or damage to silk and pigment.
+ Wrong combination of repellents produces oily ring stains due to chemicals’ melting.
+ Naphthalene gives off an acrid smell inside a paulownia box, eventually a hanging scroll absorbs it.

Every manufacturer has their own secret recipe for bouchuukou.
Thus, each bouchuukou has a unique scent. There is not much difference in the effect of repellent so you can choose one with the scent that you like most.

 

Ingredients for Bouchuukou

Fragrant wood and spices are the main ingredients for making a bouchuukou. These naturally have insect-repelling effects. Read on to see some examples :

 

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Sandalwood
Effect : insect-repelling, preservative

A prominent base ingredient for making bouchuukou.
It has a heavenly scent and often described as woodsy sweet smell like ceder, musk or vanilla.
It has been long treasured as one of the precious fragrant woods in Japan since ancient times due to its strong connection to Buddhism.

 

Borneol
Effect : insect-repelling, preservative, anti-inflammatory
Whitish crystals that are derived from the borneo tree.
A strong, sharp but smooth cleansing and uplifting fragrance so they are often put in throat lozenge and eye drop for clearing both the nasal pathways and the mind.
It is also known as the primary ingredient of Japanese “sumi” ink, which consists of black soot and animal glue.
Borneol is added to sumi ink in order to remove the foul smell of the animal glue.
You will find the smell of sumi ink unique. That is the smell of borneol.

 

 

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Clove
Effect : insect-repelling, mold prevention, anti-inflammatory

Cloves are the aromatic dried flower buds of a tree in the family Myrtaceae, Syzsygium aromaticum.
They are used as a spice in cuisines all over the world and widely appreciated for hot and savory aroma.
They also are used for medication of stomachache in Japan.
Cloves contain oils so do not put them directly onto the hanging scroll in order to avoid oil stains.

 


 

Now, let us show you two types of bouchuukou that we have in our store.

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*Please note:  We opened the paper sachet just for your reference. Please place the UNOPENED sachet in actual use.

The left one has a very sweet and strong oriental fragrance.
The right one has a fresh woodsy scent, made by two ingredients only (sandalwood and borneol).
I personally like the right one but my colleague prefers the left. It is interesting that tastes differ.

Please try and find your favorite smell.

 

For protecting a hanging scroll, just lay one sachet of bouchuukou in a paulownia box.
You can also enjoy a lingering scent on a hanging scroll when you take it out from the box.

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Please do not put a bouchuukou directly onto/under your hanging scroll to avoid any trouble that may arise.
One sheet of paper/cloth between the hanging scroll and the bouchuukou would be perfect as shown in the above picture.


 

Of course you can lay them wherever you want a wonderful scent.
It can repel insects effectively while you can smell its fragrance so the best time to re-apply is when the fragrance completely disappears.

 

If you have any questions for the bouchuukou, 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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