Monday, May 23, 2011

Large Dojo Japanese Budo Scroll

This scroll is for a gift to the Grandmaster of a Budo system. The practitioner lives in the Western United States.

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It has turned out to be a very beautiful scroll. The person sent to us a PDF of how they wanted the writing done. You can learn about this martial art system and see a link of the writing and how it is similar at Although not an exact replica of their request it is very similar and beautifully done in a somewhat Gyousou style of writing. I call it gyousou because the first character is in the Sousho style and the remaining three would be considered Gyousho style. Yoshimi had to plan very well due to this large piece comprising only four characters.

It reads Hoshin Budou. Ho is the most difficult character to translate as it is in a Sousho style, shin is the spiritual heart and Budou is a system of martial arts. I was very pleased with the selection of the cloth. At first the customer wanted a solid purple cloth, which just didn’t seem to work. I showed the customer a small sample of this koi pattern purple and he decided to go with this cloth. It was a wise choice because it really seems to go with feeling of the writing, even though it is a less traditional kireji (cloth) that one sees with martial arts or Japanese/Okinawan karate themed kakejiku. The scroll is completed with the gold on white Ichimonji and a Shitan Jikusaki. The colors really match well.

Dimensions of the scroll are as follows:

Name in Kanji Name in English Size in Bun Size in Millimeters Size in Inches

天 Ten 115.5 / 349.965 / 13.78

上一文字 Ue Ichimonji 10.5 / 31.815 / 1.25

紙本の幅さ Artwork Width 112 / 339.36 / 13.36

紙本の長さ Artwork Length 388 / 1175.64 / 46.29

柱 Pillars 25 / 75.75 / 2.98

下一文字 Shita Ichimonji 6 / 18.18 / 0.72

地 Chi 80 / 242.4 / 9.54

掛け軸の幅さ Scroll Width 162 / 490.86 / 19.33

掛け軸の長さ Scroll Length 600 / 1818 / 71.57

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