Sheep / Katsunobu Kawahito - Hitsuji

Product ID
0162
Name
Katsunobu Kawahito
Profile

1922-
A member of the Nitten Exhibition

Size
720mm x 1470mm
Roller End Material
Ceramic
Material of the Work
Japanese paper
Stock Condition
Sold out
Description

 
In Japan, there are two calendars, the “Jikkan” and the “Juunishi,” both imported from China. Combinations of the two are called “Eto” (the sexagenary cycle), and the Eto of each new year becomes a popular topic of conversation. Juunishi dates back to the Yin period in China. It is said that during the Yin dynasty, Jikkan (a kind of numeral) and Juunishi were combined in sixty different ways to show days, months, years, and directions; Juunishi were used to show time. Later, different animals were used for the twelve signs of Juunishi. These animals are as follows: rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog and boar. This order is fixed.

Until the Edo period, Juunishi was used widely used for years, times, and direction. However, in present-day Japan we only use it to refer to years. This is why the names of animals are used to refer to years in Japan. For example, 2015 is the Year of the Sheep. In this way, rather than combining with Jikkan, we Japanese just use Juunishi to show the years.

This is a painting of sheep by Katsunobu Kawahito. Few Japanese-style painters have depicted sheep because they weren’t familiar with the animal; we can say this painting is very rare in that respect. The combination of the two sheep and the bamboo, painted with strong brushstrokes, go together better than we expect; this is very interesting. I want you to display this work in the Year of the Sheep.

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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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President Tatsuji Nomura


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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