Where to Buy Tanzaku-kake

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Tanzaku-kake

Tanzaku is a vertical Japanese paper board cut into short width, on which one poem or haiku was written (also used for Japanese paintings) since ancient times. The size of a tanzaku is approximately 6(w) x 30(L)cm. A small hanging scroll for displaying a tanzaku is called “Tanzaku-kake or Tanzaku-gake”.

It seems people who own tanzaku have trouble finding shops to buy a tanzaku-kake. More specifically, people worry if they can find a tanzaku-kake to their liking.

Today, we would like to talk about custom order tanzaku-kake.

Bulk Order from Bonsai Shop in the Netherlands

The other day, I caught a young Bonsai master, Masashi Hirao(平尾成志) on TV. Bonsai is a world-renowned Japanese tradition as well as Kakejiku. In Japan, people generally associate Bonsai and kakejiku with senior citizens. They are considered as retirement/senior hobbies! Too bad. Masashi Hirao is a man who is trying to reverse the conventional view for Bonsai. He wants everyone, especially young people to understand how cool Bonsai is. With his irresistible charm and daring Bonsai performance art, he fascinates people and is now building a fan base. As someone that places myself in Japanese traditional crafts industry, I want to spread the charm of kakejiku to the world like Masashi Hirao. So, his words made a big impression on me.

Kakejiku originally pairs well with Bonsai. Bonsai is often called a miniature replica of the landscape. Adding kakejiku gives Bonsai complementary effect to broaden aesthetic appeal.

A few months ago, we received an e-mail from a Bonsai shop in the Netherlands. Following is the first message from the customer.

I like your work very much. Can you tell me if you also make small fabric scrolls for putting in separate scroll drawings? Tanzaku format drawing.

After writing a post (see below) about custom-order Shikishi-kake from a Canadian Bonsai practitioner, we receive many inquiries for custom-order scrolls. So, today’s customer might have read the post too.

Discussion about the Details

Tanzaku-kake

After confirming the customer’s request for the size and the fine ropes for hanging, we offered 5 different Tanzaku-kake designs and he ordered 15 tanzaku-kake in total. 5 different designs, and 3 of each design.

We talked and decided to choose different fabrics for each scroll so the customer will have one-of-a-kind Tanzaku-kake in the end.

Amazing 15 Tanzaku-kake Have Been Finally Completed!!

tanzaku-kake

When it comes to using patterns for a tanzaku-kake, it’s all about coordinating and complementing. It calls our taste into question, so it is challenging. What we most cared was not to make them fancy. Tanzaku-kake should be the supporting actor. It should not upstage the lead actor, Bonsai. Each of Tanzaku-kake is unique. It would be fun trying out different combinations of tanzaku-kake and painting/poem within.

tanzaku-kake

We wrapped them well so they will not break during shipment. The customer also ordered tanzaku-boards. Thank you for your additional order. Now, the package is ready to ship!

Tanzaku-kake

We received comments from the customer after he received the package.

The scroll holders are very nice. Thank you. I hope the people over here like them too. If so, then I will be back for more.

We are glad that he was happy with our custom-made Tanzaku-kake.

Tanzaku-kake, as well as shikishi-kake, is a useful tool that would be a nice complement to Bonsai. If you are looking for unique tanzaku-kake that is exclusively for you or considering buying in bulk, please feel free to contact us.

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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


Our Business

 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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