Momotarou / Katsunobu Kawahito - Warabe: Momotarou

Product ID
0166
Name
Katsunobu Kawahito
Profile

1922-
A member of the Nitten Exhibition

Size
725mm x 1480mm
Roller End Material

Decorative wood coated with black "urushi" (lacquer)
Material of the Work
Japanese paper
Stock Condition
Sold out
Description

 
Momotarou is a popular hero from Japanese folklore. His name literally means Peach Tarou, a common Japanese boy’s name, which is often translated as Peach Boy. Momotarou is the title of various books, films and other works that portray the tale of this hero.

According to the most recent adaptation of the tale (dating to the Edo period), Momotarou came to Earth inside a giant peach, which was found floating down a river by an old, childless woman who was washing clothes there. The woman and her husband discovered the child when they tried to open the peach to eat it. The child explained that he had been sent by Heaven to be their son. The couple named him Momotarou, from momo (peach) and tarou (eldest son in the family).

Years later, Momotarou left his parents to fight a band of marauding “oni” (demons or ogres) on a distant island. En route, Momotarou met and befriended a talking dog, monkey and pheasant, who agreed to help him in his quest in return for Momotarou’s presents “kibidango” (millet dumplings).

At the island, Momotarou and his animal friends penetrated the demons’ fortress and defeated them. Momotarou and his new friends returned home with the demons’ plundered treasure and the demon chief as a captive. From there on, Momotarou and his family lived comfortably.

This is a painting by Katsunobu Kawahito of Momotarou. This painting is typical of Katsunobu Kawahito, who is well known for old-fashioned children paintings. It is often said that the most significant detail of portraits is the line. In this painting, Momotarou looks as if he is going to start moving at any moment because the lines drawn by Katsunobu Kawahito are so lively. The dog, monkey and pheasant were personified in this painting. These expressions are unique and very interesting. Katsunobu Kawahito’s masterful prowess in artistry stands out in this work.

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 The Japanese people have long set a high value on aesthetic senses since ancient times. As a result, the
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understandably is a “kakejiku.”
 The kakejiku (a hanging scroll; a work of calligraphy or a painting which is mounted and hung in an
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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
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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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