Saturday, January 7, 2017

Print of Japanese Artist in Scroll

This scroll was made by me that will be presented as a gift to a Buddhist teacher. The painting is by Tsuneo Iwasaki (1917-2002). Although unsure, I believe the title to be Illuminating Moonbeam. In this particular painting, there is a person in a boat pointing to the moon. A line of calligraphy goes up to the cloudy moon. When I first viewed the painting, I interpreted it incorrectly as a poem descending to the earth on a moon beam. It is a metaphor.

I used a dark blue cloth to help envelop the viewer in the night sky and imagine himself as if on the boat. The deep gold medium size karakusa helps to contrast and bring out the blue. It is finished with a kon (navy) hanging string and shitan (rosewood) jikusaki.
If you have a print, or would like an original work of art framed into a scroll please contact to

Scroll Dimensions as follows:
    Name in English Size in Bun Size in Inches
Ten 96 11.45
上一文字 Ue Ichimonji 17 2.03
紙本の幅さ Artwork Width 55 6.56
紙本の長さ Artwork Length 332 39.60
Pillars 10 1.19
下一文字 Shita Ichimonji 11 1.31
Chi 50 5.96
掛け軸の幅さ Scroll Width 75 8.95
掛け軸の長さ Scroll Length 506 60.36

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Aikido Scroll to the Northeast

This is an Aikido Scroll that went to the Northeast of the US. You can tell a slight difference in the second character. This is the older form of Ki, which the customer selected. This is also in a 3 step style, or Sandan Hyougu style. The simple framed picture of Osensei, Morihei Ueshiba completes a beautiful display.

If you would like a custom scroll made that frames a picture, print, or canvas painting please contact to Jonathan Maples at

Monday, November 21, 2016

Aikido Wallscroll or Kakejiku

I have not posted many scrolls recently done for customers because I have been remodeling a house for a move from August until Mid October. Here are some scrolls that I did for some different Aikido practitioners.

This Maru Hyougu scroll provides a great backdrop for the meditation area.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Oxen Rider Sumie Wallscroll

This scroll is for sale. It is painted by artist Mariusz Szmerdt of Poland.

It is about 3.5 feet long by 1.2 feet wide.

For price inquiries please contact to

Monday, May 16, 2016

Artist Prints in Scroll

An artist from back East had an exhibition and had me make a scroll for her prints. It is two prints in one scroll, with the prints being an Alice in Wonderland theme, mixed with Japanese Kanji.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Bonsai Display Scroll Spring Poem

This is a Japanese poem that reads 梅華新発, which could be read Baika Ochita ni Hiraku. The essence of the meaning of the poem is the Plum and grasses that become, makes old things become renewed. I made this scroll small intentionally due to the backdrop available for the bonsai display.

The color scheme was kept intentionally as a green, to reinforce the renewal of color that occurs during this season. Although the scroll was made in a Maru Hyougu style, I made the Hashira (side pillars) was made thin to mimick the rinpo hyougu style. The ichimonji is a large, gold arabesque on a green background. The kireji (main cloth) is a light green with a silver and gold wave pattern. The hanging string is a darker green (uguisu), and the jikusaki is a Shitan Nuri (Rosewood Stain) wood.

The writing is in the sousho, full cursive style, and was written by Yoshimi "Ryugyoku" Yamada. Dimensions of the scroll listed below.

    Name in English Size in Bun Size in Inches
Ten 85 10.14
上一文字 Ue Ichimonji 11 1.31
紙本の幅さ Artwork Width 38 4.53
紙本の長さ Artwork Length 107 12.76
Pillars 3 0.36
下一文字 Shita Ichimonji 7 0.84
Chi 45 5.37
掛け軸の幅さ Scroll Width 44 5.25
掛け軸の長さ Scroll Length 255 30.42

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Ichinen Sanzen Scroll

This scroll is for sale at $150.00 (Shipping Included). To purchase this scroll contact to It is a phrase in Japanese Buddhism which is described in the following link as,
The renowned sixth-century Buddhist scholar T'ien-t'ai (538-97) developed a meditative practice to enable people to perceive the boundless extent of their lives at each moment. He also developed a theoretical system to describe this reality. He called this "three thousand realms in a single moment of life" (Jpn. ichinen sanzen).Ichinen sanzen demonstrates that the entire phenomenal world exists in a single moment of life.
The number three thousand is arrived at through the following calculation: 10 worlds or potential conditions of life, which are each mutually inclusive (10 x 10) x 10 factors x 3 realms of existence.
The scroll is made of a pure silk cloth with a green brown mandala type pattern in it. The blue ichimonji was used to symbolize the 3,000 realms. It is written in a Gyousou style.