Red Dragon / Tomo Katou - Sekiryuu

Product ID
0152
Name
Tomo Katou
Profile

1947-
A member of the Nitten Exhibition
A disciple of Kibou Kodama and Gensou Okuda

Size
725mm x 1490mm
Roller End Material
Artificial ivory
Material of the Work
Japanese paper
Stock Condition

The original of this item has sold out. An additional order has been placed with the painter. The item currently in stock resembles the original but differ in details and color. This is because the artwork is not printed but hand-painted. Besides, the mounting fabric might be different due to the stock condition of it. Please note that they are not duplicates.
Description

Gensou Okuda was one of the most famous Japanese-style painters in the Showa Era. He named the red pigment “Gensou Red” after himself.

There is a painting of “Red Dragon” by Gensou Okuda on a ceiling in the Daishouin Temple, Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture. This is his representative work. Gensou Okuda’s wife, Tatsuko (literally “dragon’s child”), was a great-aunt of Mr. Washio, who is the chief priest of this temple. Gensou Okuda painted a red dragon inspired by her name, Tatsuko, for the 7th anniversary of her death.

At that time, Gensou Okuda’s pupils painted flowers around the red dragon together. Tomo Katou was one of the those pupils, so he has a special feeling about this red dragon because he had a close relationship with Gensou Okuda.

The year 2012 was the year of the Dragon, which is the first year of the Dragon since Gensou Okuda’s death. Tomo Katou decided to paint a red dragon like Gensou’s, praying that his red dragon will ward off all evil spirits with its fiery red color.

This is that very painting of the red dragon. We can almost feel Tomo Katou’s various wishes from the depiction of the red dragon.

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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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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
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Founded1973


Established1992


Address7-23 Babadori, Tarumi-ku, Kobe city,
Hyougo Prefecture, 655-0021, Japan



Capital10 million yen


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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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