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Kakejiku with Painting of Owls, the Birds that Bring Happiness
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The other day a man in the UK asked us the price for the Owls painting by Shiho Nishio and he made a purchase. Please see the painting in detail as below;
In Greek mythology, a little owl (Athene noctua) traditionally represents or accompanies Athena, the virgin goddess of wisdom, or Minerva, her syncretic incarnation in Roman mythology. Because of such association, the bird — often referred to as the “owl of Athena” or the “owl of Minerva” — has been used as a symbol of knowledge, wisdom, perspicacity and erudition throughout the Western world. (See the link : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Owl_of_Athena)
In Japan, owls had been highly prized as fortune birds for the following reasons:
01: Because owls can turn their head 180 degrees, they are believed to be wise, clever, good at business forecasting, and bring good commerce.
02: Owls are called ふくろう – fukuro in Japanese. There are some phonetic equivalents of the wordふくろう. For example, 「不苦労」 means without hardship. 「福老」 means happy elders. 「福籠」 means a basket of luck. They have the same sound. Owls are a symbol for longevity and believed to bring good luck.
In the UK where the gentleman who purchased the Owl scroll lives, owls seem to be regarded as a lucky symbol too, generally associating with wisdom and vigilance. Many owls appear in the Harry Potter films and they work as the carriers, carrying letters and parcels.
The customer sent us a pleasant comment! Thank you for reaching out!!
I am very pleased to confirm that today I received the hanging scroll which I have now hung. I must say that it is all I hoped it would be and I am very proud to have it in my possession.
We realized again how universally popular owls are. This brings to mind the day an American customer, Daniel-san visited our gallery. He bought a scroll with owls painting for himself. Owls are popular in the USA too.
An American customer came to our shop in Kobe, searching for Japanese souvenirs, hanging scrolls (kakejiku in Japanese). Walked around Tarumi together.
We will update our product page for all owl lovers once we get a new scroll with owl painting so please visit our website again!