Ukai / Kousetsu Kunii - Ukai

Product ID
0087
Name
Kousetsu Kunii
Profile

1919-
A Japanese-style painter

Size
710mm x 1600mm
Roller End Material
Ceramic
Material of the Work
Silk
Stock Condition
In stock
Description

“Ukai” is a traditional fishing method in which cormorants are used to catch “ayu” (sweetish).

In Japan, Ukai is practiced in various places such as Gifu, Aichi, Kyoto, and Ehime Prefectures, among which Ukai in the Nagara-gawa River is the most famous. While the people doing ukai fishing are generally called “Utukai,” those doing ukai in the Nagara-gawa River are traditionally called “ushou” because of the hereditary system.

Nagara-gawa ukai is ukai (cormorant fishing) that is conducted in the Nagara-gawa River in Gifu City, Gifu Prefecture during the period from May 11 to October 15 every year. It is conducted every night except at the time of the harvest moon, and when the river rises. The reason why it is not conducted under the harvest moon is that ayu are not lured by “kagaribi” (fishing fire) when the moon is full.

Ukai has been practiced for about 1,300 years, and it originally started as a form of fishing. Currently, however, ukai is conducted as a tourist attraction showcasing the traditional fishing method. Ukai that is conducted eight times a year at Imperial Household Agency’s “goryouba” (fishing ground for the Imperial Court) is called “goryou ukai.” Ayu that are caught in goryou ukai, are offered not only to the Imperial Palace but also to the Meiji-jinguu Shrine and Ise-jinguu Shrine. Ukai of the Nagara-gawa River is the sole ukai in Japan that is patronized by the Imperial Court, and the official job title of ushou (a fisherman of cormorant fishing) of Nagara-gawa ukai is “shikibushoku ushou” of “Kunaichou” (Imperial Household Agency).

The Ushou boards the “ubune” (a boat used for ukai) with kagaribi at its bow, and controls 10 to 12 cormorants with “tenawa” (a hand rope). The cormorants catch ayu that gather under the kagaribi. As ushou always live together with cormorants, ushou and cormorants get along perfectly and cormorants catch ayu neatly. A fishing method called “Makigari,” which is conducted by six ships, is fantastic.

Kousetsu Kunii paints not only landscapes and “kachou-ga” (paintings of flowers and birds), but also Buddhist painting, portraits and genre-paintings. In this painting, kagaribi (fishing fire) and its smoke give lively motion and a dreamy atmosphere to this work. Kousetsu Kunii, who was born in Gifu Prefecture, feels something special for Nagara-gawa ukai. He also takes great care in depicting the rocks and the ushou (the people doing ukai fishing).

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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
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so the number of people from other countries who are interested in Japanese culture has been increasing.
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 The kakejiku (a hanging scroll; a work of calligraphy or a painting which is mounted and hung in an
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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
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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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