Saturday, November 20, 2010

Two Martial Arts Dojo Scrolls



This customer sent an order directly online via my shopping site at  I think these turned out beautifully for him.

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The first scroll on the left (if facing away from the scrolls) reads Ryukyu Hon Kenpo, which means the True Kenpo of the Ryukyu islands. The scroll on the right reads Okinawa Shirodzuru Kenpo. This could be translated as Okinawan White Crane Kenpo.

The scrolls are written in the Sousho or full cursive style which provides a very beautiful flowing ideal to the work. I must respect Yoshimi for being able to take one phrase that contains 5 characters and one phrase that contains 6 characters and write them very symmetrically on the same size of paper. I used a red-orange Ichimonji to provide the imagery of a sunset on the backdrop of a green Okinawan island set in the Pacific.

The katana and wakizashi may not be the most authentic accent to put in a display with scrolls conveying an Okinawan theme. A better weapon choice may have been an Eiku, Tonfa or Nunchaku, but we must make do with what we have. I thank Sylvan and Hiromi Pickett for allowing me to borrow these for this display picture.

This is the basic Maru Hyougu style and dimensions in the traditional Bun分 measurement set forth with other dimensions as approximations.
  • 天 Ten                            83
  • 上一文字 Ue Ichimonji   14
  • 紙本幅 Shihon Habasa    50
  • 紙本長 Shihon Nagasa  226
  • 柱 Hashira                       12.5
  • 下一文字 Shita Ichimonji  9
  • 地 Chi                               42
  • 掛け軸幅さ Total Scroll Width            75
  • 掛け軸長さ Total Scroll Length         377

1 comment:

Hiromi said...

The scrolls look awesome!