Request for Shikoku Pilgrimage Kakejiku (hanging scroll) from a Swiss Customer

Shikoku Pilgrimage 88 kakejiku hanging scroll Japanese mounting Swiss shop

 

A Customer Visited All the Way from Switzerland!!

This time, our story is about a request for mounting a Shikoku Pilgrimage kakejiku.

Going on a pilgrimage to these temples to collect the goshūin (red seal stamp) of each temple having it written on the main work of the kakejiku then mounting it to finish is the making procedure.

Much to our amazement, we received a request of this Shikoku Pilgrimage kakejiku from a Swiss customer this time.

 

We take quite a lot orders from foreign customers but still the visit of a customer, who brought in and requested us to mount a Shikoku Pilgrimage kakejiku for the first time, was rather exciting.

Shikoku Pilgrimage 88 kakejiku hanging scroll Japanese mounting Swiss shop

 

I have been having opportunities to work with Swiss customers several times and I find them amusing to work with as they are such gentlemen and at home in Japanese culture. The customer this time was no exception, decent and has a great knowledge of Japanese culture.

Having a visa for around 3 months the customer went sightseeing besides Shikoku region. He seemed to be very much keen on Japanese art as he said he went museum hopping admiring Ukiyoe and Kawanabe Kyōsai. Kawanabe Kyōsai is a popular Japanese-style painter who was active during the Meiji period and whose style of work is dazzlingly skilled and gives an impression similar to Itō Jakuchū has. As we both in favor of the artist, we had so much fun talking about it.

 

The Uncompromising Shikoku Pilgrimage

After traveling around Japan, the customer finally kicked off his Shikoku Pilgrimage that was.., to my surprise, accomplished totally and utterly on foot!! Σ(・□・;)

Shikoku Pilgrimage 88 kakejiku hanging scroll Japanese mounting Swiss shop

 

I honestly thought ‘Seriously!? Did he really complete Arukihenro, walking pilgrimage!!’ (lol)

Shikoku Pilgrimage whose route covers about 1200 km is said to take 45 days to walk through even for a man in good health so I was absolutely impressed by the fact a foreign person achieved the henro (pilgrimage) which requires a quite lot of endurance. In many cases, Japanese who has a strong faith attempts but I hardly hear about a foreigner who had a go.

I asked him about the experience, and obviously he seemed to have had a very tough time. (Well, no wonder he had.. )

He told me that having been suffered by blisters on his feet and muscle pains, he actually went Oops!! But he was still happy with being ended up having tougher soles as a result of the repeated bust and healing of his blisters.

He had to buy new shoes because his feet were too swollen to make his shoes tighter.

Moreover, he completed the henro with ‘Jun-uchi’ order. Jun-uchi is a way of visiting all Shikoku Pilgrimage temples in numerical order and one of the hardest ways of Arukihenro as the short cut isn’t an option. Yet, the customer was still determined to accomplish with this method. Besides, he courteously visited Mt. Kōya before setting off the henro and when achieved the mangan, which means collecting all goshūins, to address the deity that ‘I am going now.’ and ‘I’ve come back without mishap.’ Even Japanese pilgrims hardly ever carry it out with that perfection and that made his story absolutely amusing.

He mentioned that all in all, he had a whale of time in Shikoku region where beautiful nature and fun activities are offered and the locals are kind. He requested the kakejiku putting a little pressure on us saying that a problem free finish of his kakejiku will complete his journey in Shikoku region.

 

The customer who later on, set off to Tahiti then Bali to enjoy his holiday there before going home told us that it’ll be fine with him if the mounting is finished anytime before he arrives home.

Well how nice. Traveling abroad…Being a foreign culture lover, I’d love to go to Switzerland and visit places like Matterhorn.

He told me that the Arukihenro took him around 60 days.

So I replied to him in wonder ‘How did you manage to take such a long holiday? Even among Japanese, not many people are able to go Arukihenro.’

Then he said ‘Well Japanese people work hard, they are busy bees.’

That made me giggle as the weird notion ‘Japanese are busy’ seems like the Japanese institute which is internationally known.

 

The Mounted Shikoku Pilgrimage Kakejiku

This is the combination of the mounting fabrics on our recommendation: No. 019 Reiga pattern.

 

Before ordering, the customer already had certain image of patterns of the mounting fabric by researching the ideas. However, he fell in love with our suggestion of the matching of the pattern which he didn’t even expect and agreed on the spot. The finished kakejiku we mounted.

Shikoku Pilgrimage 88 kakejiku hanging scroll Japanese mounting Swiss shop

 

 

The “kinran” (gold brocade) fabric with an austere, subdued luster has the luxurious and still tranquil ambiance.

Shikoku Pilgrimage 88 kakejiku hanging scroll Japanese mounting Swiss shop

 

Since Shikoku Pilgrimage kakejiku needs space to fit 88 goshūins, the finishing size will be larger than a regular kakejiku. Accordingly, the completed kakejiku brings out a powerful and majestic atmosphere.

Shikoku Pilgrimage 88 kakejiku hanging scroll Japanese mounting Swiss shop

 

The fabric of the customer’s choice matching with the gold leaf placed above Kōbō Daishi in the heart of the work magnifies the charm of the kakejiku.

Shikoku Pilgrimage 88 kakejiku hanging scroll Japanese mounting Swiss shop

 

 

On The Whole

Shikoku Pilgrimage 88 kakejiku hanging scroll Japanese mounting Swiss shop

In this modern time, in Japan, scroll mounters like us who has expertise in mounting kakejiku gradually fades away as time goes by. However, given that kakejiku can be the first opportunity of becoming fond of Japan for foreigners like this time, I believe that the importance and role we scroll mounters were given will be reaffirmed with  the other aspect.

We will treasure the works requested from foreign customers as well in the meaning of ‘rediscovering Japanese culture’.

 

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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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Name Art Nomura


President Tatsuji Nomura


Founded1973


Established1992


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



Capital10 million yen


URLhttp://nomurakakejiku.com


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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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