Wednesday, March 30, 2011

2 Dojo Scrolls with Dragon Cloths

The following scrolls were made for a Dojo just south of where I went to Graduate School (University of Memphis).

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This pair of scrolls is beautifully written in a Gyoushou style. Both scrolls say 雷電 道場 Raiden Dojo, or Thunder & Lightning Dojo. It is very appropriate considering the last name of the Sensei which I will not reveal. One is a Joufuku size scroll and the other is a Yatsugiri size scroll.

The cloths were chosen to blend with the colors of the dojo, which are black, gray and red. The Red Ichimonji particularly stands out and I think provides power to the effect of the scroll.

Two other things you will notice is that the Ten on the Joufuku scroll is particularly long. I did that on purpose so that a full dragon could be on that portion of the scroll. The second relates to the writing. Both Rai and Den have the identical radical. However, Yoshimi chose to write them differently. I asked her why and she said it would be boring to have both in the same gyousho style. There are variations within the Gyousho style, but that is a separate topic.

Dimensions of the scrolls as follows:
Name in Kanji Name in English Size in Bun Size in Centimeters Size in Inches

天 Ten 195 590.85 23.26

上一文字 Ue Ichimonji 11 33.33 1.31

紙本の幅さ Artwork Width 115 348.45 13.72

紙本の長さ Artwork Length 435 1318.05 51.89

柱 Pillars 18 54.54 2.15

下一文字 Shita Ichimonji 7 21.21 0.84

地 Chi 85 257.55 10.14

掛け軸の幅さ Scroll Width 151 457.53 18.01

掛け軸の長さ Scroll Length 733 2220.99 87.44

Yatsugiri Size Scroll
Name in Kanji Name in English Size in Bun Size in Centimeters Size in Inches

天 Ten 134 406.02 15.99

上一文字 Ue Ichimonji 8 24.24 0.95

紙本の幅さ Artwork Width 55 166.65 6.56

紙本の長さ Artwork Length 175 530.25 20.88

柱 Pillars 13 39.39 1.55

下一文字 Shita Ichimonji 5 15.15 0.60

地 Chi 80 242.4 9.54

掛け軸の幅さ Scroll Width 81 245.43 9.66

掛け軸の長さ Scroll Length 402 1218.06 47.96

Monday, March 14, 2011

On the Earthquake in Japan

Reading about the devastation that occurs makes me sad. I have heard from my display Sensei Kuzuhara Hiroyuki that he is OK. My scroll making Sensei Sagawa Taishin I have not heard from yet. I pray everything is well with him.

My wife's family is also safe.

I pray that everyone can survive both the physical and emotional turmoil that has afflicted them.

Jonathan Maples

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Scroll with Ukiyoe Style Lithograph

This scrolls artwork was purchased beforehand by the customer. If you also have artwork that you would like framed in an alternative style, I would love to give a quote. Contact to me at or go to my site at I really like how the artist melded a modern day theme with a painting in an ukiyoe style. It kind of just grabbed me. The customer ordered a Maru Hyougu style scroll, but this style of scroll just did not fit in my mind because of the length of the artwork. So I asked if I could do it in a Rinpo Hyougu style scroll. As this is a first test run frame for a series of works the customer said yes...
I was  ecstatic with the result of the scroll except for one little bulge that has been taken out during the Urazuri process.

Scroll Dimensions given in Bun:

Name in Kanji Name in English Size in Bun Size in Centimeters Size in Inches
Ten 88 266.64 10.50
上中廻し Ue Chuumawashi 51 154.53 6.08
上一文字 Ue Ichimonji 6.5 19.695 0.78
紙本の幅さ Artwork Width 92 278.76 10.97
紙本の長さ Artwork Length 224 678.72 26.72
Pillars 4 12.12 0.48
下一文字 Shita Ichimonji 5 15.15 0.60
下中廻し Shita Chuumawashi 34 103.02 4.06
Chi 65 196.95 7.75
掛け軸の幅さ Scroll Width 100 303 11.93
掛け軸の長さ Scroll Length 467 1415.01 55.71