Saturday, June 25, 2011

Karate Scroll - Ichinen 一念

This scroll is going to Europe. It was purchased as a gift from one Matial Artist to another.

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The phrase Ichinen can mean one thought or determined purpose. Possibly used as motivation to continue intense training in spite of pain or discomfort.

This particular scroll is written in the Full Cursive style called Sousho, by Yoshimi Yamada Maples, whose Natori calligraphy name assigned by her Sensei is Ryugyoku.

The cloth is a silk imported from Japan that has a very slight ivy pattern in it. Because of the small pattern, I used a larger Karakusa (arabesque) pattern with the gold on cream ichimonji.

Dimensions of the kakejiku in Bun (traditional Japanese measurement), Millimeters and then Inches.
Name in Kanji Name in English Size in Bun Size in Millimeters Size in Inches

天 Ten 118 / 357.54 / 14.08

上一文字 Ue Ichimonji 8 / 24.24 / 0.95

紙本の幅さ Artwork Width 77 / 233.31 / 9.19

紙本の長さ Artwork Length 106 / 321.18 / 12.64

柱 Pillars 23 / 69.69 / 2.74

下一文字 Shita Ichimonji 4 / 12.12 / 0.48

地 Chi 78 / 236.34 / 9.30

掛け軸の幅さ Scroll Width 123 / 372.69 / 14.67

掛け軸の長さ Scroll Length 314 951.42 37.46

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