Tokonoma Album 007: Cherry Blossoms, Waterfall, Chinese Poem, etc

Tokonoma: “Cherry Blossoms” Kakejiku

Tokonoma Cherry Blossoms

Cherry Blossoms with a Long-tailed Tit

 

Japanese people love cherry blossoms because they are not permanent; they give a feeling of “mujou” (transience).

While Westerners seek beauty in the eternal, many Japanese have a strong tendency to seek beauty in the transitory.

“Mujou” and the view of mujou could be said to be the unique characteristics of the Japanese concept of beauty that has been growing over many years since the medieval era.

Mujou is considered to be the fundamental ideology of Buddhism.

 

 

Tokonoma: “Waterfall” Kakejiku

waterfall Yukihiko Nakagawa

 

 

Tokonoma: “Chinese Poem” Kakejiku

Chinese Poem

 

 

Tokonoma: “Calligraphic Work” Kakejiku

Sounin Kajitani Calligraphic Work

Sounin Kajitani

Sounin Kajitani (1914 – 1995)

Sounin Kajitani was the chief abbot of the Shoukoku-ji Temple School of the Rinzai sect.

He served concurrently as chief priest of the Shoukoku-ji Temple, the Kinkaku-ji Temple (Rokuon-ji Temple), and the Ginkaku-ji Temple (Jishou-ji Temple).

He is also known as a master of calligraphy.

 

Tokonoma: “Koi Fish” Kakejiku

koi fish

Carp (called “koi”) are a common subject for summer paintings.

The great popularity of “nishikigoi” (coloured carps) suggests, many Japanese people love carp.

In this work, three Koi fish are swimming lively.

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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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