Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Gichin Funakoshi

This scroll is an 8.5 x 11 inch picture of the founder of Shotokan Karate. A treatise on his history can be read at
I chose a simple Red Wine colored cotton cloth for this scroll as Red is one of the colors of the Shotokan school. However, I chose a deeper red to enhance the contrast in the Black and White of the photograph. The Ichimonji is a Dark Blue with flowers which provides a smooth transition between the Red and the Black and White Photo. The scroll is finished with ornately laquered wood Jikusaki.
This is one of the most beautiful scrolls I have created in its sheer simplicity and elegance.
Dimensions of the scroll are about 30 Inches Long by 15 Inches wide with 3 Inch Hashira.
If you would prefer to have Funakoshi Sensei's Ultimate Aim of Karate saying put into a scroll contact me at

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