When I was planning my trip to Japan, one of the things I really wanted was a kakejiku or Japanese hanging scroll. I searched online for some stores and found Art Nomura which was reasonably close to where I was visiting. The store itself is in a residential area but my friend and I were able to find it quite easily since we had data roaming. I was not sure what to expect from this store, when we entered we were offered a seat on some couches and given some tea. I can speak some Japanese but I don’t have enough vocabulary to have a full conversation about kakejiku. They have an English-speaking employee who was out of the office that day, but they called her and we managed to get a half-Japanese-half-English dialogue going. They asked me what type of scroll I was looking for (scenery, ink, etc.) and what my budget was. They then brought out several scrolls and hung them in front of the couches we were sitting on, displaying the prices for each one of them. I found one that I really loved out of the first group of scrolls, although they were prepared to hang another group of scrolls in case I didn’t see any I liked.
I don’t think I have ever experienced this level of service anywhere, it was truly beyond anything I pictured. If there is anyone visiting Kobe, or around there, who is interested in kakejiku (Or Japanese art in general as they have more than just scrolls) I don’t think there is any other store that I would recommend more than Art Nomura!
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Recently, we had great guests from Canada. Paul-san & Ross-san. They are university students and are traveling around Japan. The itinerary of the their trip is asf :
Hiroshima Airport → Mt. Kouya (staying at a pilgrims’ lodging in the temple) → ART NOMURA → Kyoto → Tokyo
We are very happy that they have taken a trip to our store in addition to other famous tourist destinations like Mt. Kouya, Kyoto and Tokyo. It takes quite long time to come from Mt. Kouya to Kobe.
We have just posted a video called “How to get to ART NOMURA” on our website since it is quite complicated for strangers to get to us from the nearest station. Hope this helps!
Paul-san and Ross-san had come to us before we post this video. It must have been hard for them to find us in the local residential area. Thank you once again for taking your time.
Paul-san & Ross-san
Paul-san requested us for some landscape paintings so we showed him 5 different landscape hanging scrolls that suit his budget.
Unfortunately, our staffs that can speak English were out of office on this day. Sorry for the inconveniences caused and thank you for your patience.
Paul-san kindly wrote down his budget in Japanese yen so we also put a price tag on each scroll as shown above.
Sometimes, we had our staff talk on the phone with Paul-san to see if everything is clear among us all.
This is the one that Paul-san finally chose.
We gave a tiny hanging scroll to his friend, Ross-san. Hope you enjoy this.
Memento shot with our boss. Thank you for your nice smile.
We received a heart-warming review on Tripadvisor page from Paul-san. Thank you so much!!
It is such a great pleasure that young people from overseas choose our hanging scrolls as a Japanese souvenir.
Thank you very much and we hope to see you again.
Opening Hours :
Monday to Friday : 09:00am to 18:30pm
The first & the third Saturday of each month : 09:00 to 17:30pm
Sundays, the second and the fourth Saturday of each month, National holidays
*Please contact us in advance if you would like to come on the closed days.