Is My Hanging Scroll Kakejiku Worth Restoring?

Is Hanging Scroll Kakejiku Worth Restoring?
Is My Hanging Scroll Kakejiku Worth Restoring?

We are often asked “Is my kakejiku worth restoring?” from our customers. It is the issue raised when our customers are thinking whether to have their scroll restored or not.
The real question is how valuable is your painting/hanging scroll to you? To our customers, we often response asf : “With artwork, value takes many forms. When deciding on whether to restore or not, we think emotional/sentimental value is more important than the monetary value associated with the price paid for the art.”

For example, in case the artwork is a family heirloom or a gift from someone special, people would pay for the cost of restoration even if it’s quite expensive. Some customers instruct us NOT to use cheap fabrics (what we usually tell our customers, very basic grade-fabric) for their precious hanging scrolls. Some people do not understand the value of the art at all, even it is rare and has a high market value. These people would not spend a single penny for restoration. Some people spend more money on restoration than the price they paid for the artwork. Remounting restores a hanging scroll which was once beautiful so that customers can continue to admire it for years to come. People who find value in this think that good quality restoration will give their artwork guaranteed added value.

“How do I know if my artwork is genuine?” Sorry, appraising artworks is not our area of expertise. We can help you with reading the writing on the painting and do some research about the artist, then give you our opinion. But, we cannot say for certain if your artwork is genuine. So, we recommend you consult appraisers or specialists who might give you a more accurate assessment.

Regarding the cost of restoration, there is one more important thing we would like to tell you. Generally, we do not take the value of the artwork into consideration. Restoration cost is calculated as time + labor + experience required for the treatment of the hanging scroll (of course, plus mount fabrics too). So, it gets expensive when the damage of the painting is severe, regardless of its monetary value. In other words, there is no correlation between restoration cost and the monetary value. The cost is based on the premise that our goal is to achieve the best quality restoration for every job we do.

In conclusion, the most important thing when deciding on restoration is how much the painting/hanging scroll means to you. It’s better to follow your heart and intuition.

If our restoration cost excesses your price range, we can always advise on any options or possible strategies that may fit within your budget. Please feel free to get in touch for any concerns or questions.

Hope this article will help you when considering restoration. Thank you for reading this post.

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Our Feelings For Kakejiku


 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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