Methods of Expression

There is a very close relationship between painting materials and techniques. In Japanese-style paintings (“nihonga”), it is possible to skillfully select different materials and techniques, depending on the subject of the paintings.

Outline technique (kouroku)

“Kouroku” is a technique in which the form of the object painted is outlined. The technique in which color is applied to the inside of the outline is called “kouroku-tensai.” It became one of the most representative techniques used in “kachou-ga” (paintings of flowers and birds) along with the “mokkotsu” technique.

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Mokkotsu

“Mokkotsu” is a technique where the object is expressed by the shading of “sumi” ink or color rather than by using outlines (“koppou”.) It is widely known as a technique for kachou-ga (paintings of flowers and birds).

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Dripping technique (tarashikomi)

“Tarashikomi” is a high level technique used in Japanese-style painting to attain a natural blur by making use of the difference in the specific gravity between pigments.

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Contourless painting (tsuketate)

“Tsuketate” is a kind of mokkotsu technique where the volume and energy of the brush stroke is used to express an object. This shading is done with sumi and paint. No draft drawings or outlines are used in this style of painting.

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Gradation (bokashi)

“Bokashi” is a painting technique in which water is added to already-applied paint in order to express shading.

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Hair-line drawing (kegaki)

Kegaki” is a technique of drawing fine lines to express hair, especially around the hairline, side locks, eyebrows, and mustache. The word is also used to refer to such lines themselves. Hair-line drawing is also used for the fur of animals. Dark and light sumi ink lines may be drawn on top of each other or lines may be rendered in the appropriate color. A fine “mensou” brush is used. Hair-line drawing renders a soft and fluffy expression.

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Mist and clouds

Mist and clouds, which express the moist climate of Japan, play an important role as factors in the composition of paintings. In the mountain-and-stream painting (“sansui-ga”), it is possible to give perspective or express the height of mountains by painting mist and clouds. They are also painted at intervals to suggest a change of scene or the passage of time.

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Ink floating (sumi-nagashi or marbling)

Ink floating is a technique to disperse floating ink by dropping resin on the water’s surface and printing it on paper. A similar effect may be obtained with water colors. They are also painted at intervals to suggest a change of scene or the passage of time.

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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


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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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