Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Accent Pieces in a Toko no Ma Display

This information was taught to me by Kuzuhara Hiroyuki a Toko no Ma and Seki Kazari Sensei who works to teach others the art of displaying in a traditional Japanese alcove, called a Toko no Ma. Here I have broken down the small figurines or accent pieces that are used to explain the story in the display.

In his books I have only studied a little bit about the 添配accent pieces. But the first point that he hammered into me is to understand how to rank the various pieces from most formal (真 Shin) to Semi-formal (行 Gyou) to informal (草 Sou). The ranking is based upon primarily by what the image depicts and the second is with what the material the piece is made.

Image Rankings

                              Human                                                     Buildings                               

Formal (真 Shin) Divine Images Buddha/                           Temples, Pagodas,                 

                             Shinto Gods etc.                                      Jinja (Shrines) etc.
Semi-formal (行 Gyou) Buddhist Priests, Masterless        Towers, Bridges, Rookeries  
                                      Samurai, Wise men, Nobility 

Informal (草 Sou) Travelers, Woodcutters, Fishermen,     Grass thatched roof House,  

Other Informal (草 Sou): Boats, Rafts, Calligraphy/Paper Items, Animals, Bugs, Fruit etc.  
Material Rankings:

The following are ranked as formal pieces:

銅製 どうせい Copper/Bronze

銀製 ぎんせい Silver

真鍮 しんちゅう Brass

石 いし Rock

The Semi-formal Pieces are:

陶製 とうせい Ceramics/ Earthenware

The Informal Pieces are:

木彫 もくちょう Wood Craft

牙彫 げちょう Ivory/Teeth Items

竹根彫 ちくねちょう Bamboo Made Items

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