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Koi Fish (Carp) Shooting up a Waterfall / Kōdō Sakurai - Takinobori-goi
- Product ID
- Kōdō Sakurai
A Japanese-style painter. In 1950, born in Aichi pref. A disciple of Wakō Miyake.
- 600mm x 1900mm
- Roller End Material
- Material of the Work
- JPY 35,000
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- Sold out
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According to “Gokanjo” (History of the Later Han Dynasty), a lot of fish tried to swim up a waterfall called “Ryuumon” in the rapids of the Yellow River, but only the carp succeeded and thus became dragons. From that, the word “touryuumon” (literally climbing Ryuumon) means a gateway to success.
“Koinobori,” meaning “carp streamer” in Japanese, are carp-shaped wind socks traditionally flown in Japan to celebrate “Tango no Sekku,” a traditional calendrical event which is now designated a national holiday: Children’s Day. These wind socks are made by drawing carp patterns on paper, cloth or other nonwoven fabric. They are then allowed to flutter in the wind. The custom of displaying koinobori originated from this Chinese tradition and it is to pray for boys’ success in life in Japan. This is why a carp shooting up a waterfall is often painted as a symbol for the Feast of Flags (the Boys’ Festival).
This is a kakejiku with a couple of koi fish shooting up a waterfall painting by Kōdō Sakurai. The lively fish are depicted in this work.