Tokonoma Album 004: Jakuchu Ito, Hannya-Shingyou, etc

Tokonoma: Jakuchu Ito “Rooster and the Sun” Kakejiku

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Jakuchu Ito (1716-1800) was a Japanese painter of the mid-Edo period when Japan had closed its doors to the outside world.

Many of his paintings concern traditionally Japanese subjects, particularly chickens and other birds.

Many of his otherwise traditional works display a great degree of experimentation with perspective, and with other very modern stylistic elements.

 

 

Tokonoma: Heart of Great Perfect Wisdom Sutra (“Hannya-Shingyou”) Kakejiku

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Heart of Great Perfect Wisdom Sutra (“Hannya-Shingyou”) is one of the Buddhist sutras that preaches the Kuu (Buddhism) of Mahayana Buddhism, and the Prajna school of thought.

In various Japanese sects, especially “Hossou-shuu,” Tendai-shuuShingon-shuu, and Zen sects, use Hannya-Shingyou and interpret it individually.

The kakejiku of Hannya-Shingyou is sometimes used in their Buddhist memorial services.

The above kakejiku was mounted with Shin Buddhist style. (pattern #03)

 

 

 

Tokonoma: Pilgrimages to 36 Fudo Temples in Kinki Area Kakejiku

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Tokonoma: Entrance Area Alcove

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In Japan, there are some houses with a tokonoma alcove at entrance area in rural area.

 

 

Tokonoma: Cranes and Turtles Kakejiku

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A pine tree is considered a symbol of longevity in Japan because its needles are always green.
The Japanese people admire the characteristics of bamboo: they grow straight and is flexible, yet is hard to break.
They liken bamboo to the fortunes of a family and hope that their family fortunes will not decline.
The plum tree is the first tree to blossom, which indicates that spring has arrived.
This is why the plum tree is considered a symbol of vitality in Japan.
For the reasons described above, Japanese believe that “shou-chiku-bai” (the combination of pine, bamboo and plum trees) is a lucky symbol.

The crane and the turtle were considered the vehicles of the immortals in China, so they are symbols of longevity.
This thought was introduced in Japan, and now the Japanese people love the crane and the turtle as symbols of longevity, as well.

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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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Founded1973


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Hyougo Prefecture, 655-0021, Japan



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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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