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Koi Fish Shooting up a Waterfall / Shūgetsu Kawai - Koi-no-takinobori
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- Shūgetsu Kawai
A Japanese-style painter. Member of the Shinbikai. Pupil of Katsunobu Kawahito.
- 600mm x 1910mm
- Roller End Material
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- JPY 40,000
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- In stock
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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 “tōryūmon” (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 windsocks are made by drawing carp patterns on paper, cloth or other nonwoven fabric. Then they are 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 painting Shuugetsu Kawai of carp shooting up a waterfall. The depiction of carp shooting up a waterfall energetically is great and the color of light blue is very beautiful.