Friday, December 28, 2012

Christmas Gift Wallscroll 2

This was a gift that went to the South of the US as a gift for a family Christmas. This was for a military man that will be deployed to Japan. He wanted name translations for his family. How thankful I am for the men and women who serve so diligently, so I can enjoy the freedom and liberty of my life.

I did all the four translations originally, and for the first time, Yoshimi accepted one of my translations...(either I am lucky or getting better at understanding Japanese)
The first is Aaron. The first character is the same as in the Japanese Self Defense Force (Jieitai) and Ron in the character for to argue. Someone who argues for the defense of the country.
Jennifer is the flower that resembles Purity
Tyler is great good
Savannah is the blooming flower

The scroll is written by Ryugyoku, Yoshimi Yamada Maples in the Gyousho or semi cursive style on paper. The scroll is done in a Sandan Hyougu (Three Step) style. It is completed with a rosewood Jikusaki and the Kodai San iro Hanging string.

Dimensions as follows:
Name in Kanji Name in English Size in Bun Size in Inches
Ten 116 13.84
上中廻し Ue Chuumawashi 45 5.37
上一文字 Ue Ichimonji 12 1.43
紙本の幅さ Artwork Width 54 6.44
紙本の長さ Artwork Length 163 19.44
Pillars 20 2.39
下一文字 Shita Ichimonji 6.5 0.78
下中廻し Shita Chuumawashi 30 3.58
Chi 70 8.35
掛け軸の幅さ Scroll Width 94 11.21
掛け軸の長さ Scroll Length 430.5 51.35

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Christmas Gift Wallscroll 1

This was a gift that went to our neighbor to the North. It was for a lady who wanted to do something special for her significant other. She went all out on ordering a special cloth, Fuuchin and kiribako for storing the kakejiku. Her spouse practices Martial Arts, which make this kakejiku a great gift.

The next thing she did was give me one line of the epitaph written for Lord Byron's dog Boatswain . The line read:

The first to welcome, foremost to defend

Yoshimi kept the line of poetry in traditional calligraphy and translated the phrase only using Kanji characters and no syllabic Hiragana or Katakana. It is written in Kaisho style, very formal, and is framed in an informal maru hyougu stle. The scroll's Fuuchin are very beautiful and both the Kakehimo and Fusa (Tassel) for the Fuuchin is in Kincha (Gold Brown). The scroll is completed with a Kokutan Hone Tsuke Designed Jikusaki.

The size of the scroll is as follows:
Name in Kanji Name in English Size in Bun Size in Inches
Ten 123 14.67
上一文字 Ue Ichimonji 13 1.55
紙本の幅さ Artwork Width 105 12.53
紙本の長さ Artwork Length 448 53.44
Pillars 22 2.62
下一文字 Shita Ichimonji 8.5 1.01
Chi 90 10.74
掛け軸の幅さ Scroll Width 149 17.77
掛け軸の長さ Scroll Length 682.5 81.42

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Sumie Painting Remount

This is a followup of the finished painting remount. Please see the link here. This are the final pictures. I really like the blending of the colors and patterns of all three cloths in this scroll. The customer spent a lot of time in consultation.

Size of the scroll is below:
Name in Kanji Name in English Size in Bun Size in Inches
Ten 117 13.96
上中廻し Ue Chuumawashi 40 4.77
上一文字 Ue Ichimonji 15 1.79
紙本の幅さ Artwork Width 109 13.00
紙本の長さ Artwork Length 442 52.73
Pillars 22 2.62
下一文字 Shita Ichimonji 6 0.72
下中廻し Shita Chuumawashi 30 3.58
Chi 75 8.95
掛け軸の幅さ Scroll Width 153 18.25
掛け軸の長さ Scroll Length 710 84.70

If you also have an old painting you would like remounted please contact to

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Bonsai Tansaku Scroll 2

This was a separate order from the Golden State Bonsai Federation show. It is a georgeous cloth, with a simple pattern. The poem in this one is referenced in a previous post for Autumn season. Seifuu Banri no Aki. Hopefully, we will see this kakejiku also paired and displayed with a bonsai someday.

The scroll is written in Gyousou. A mix of cursive and semi cursive, by Yoshimi Yamada Maples. The scroll is completed with a Shitan (Rosewood) jikusaki and the Kodai Saniro Hanging String.

Dimensions as follows:
Name in Kanji Name in English Size in Bun Size in Inches
Ten 126 15.03
タンサクの幅さ Tansaku Width 20 2.39
タンサクの長さ Tansaku Length 120 14.31
Pillars 17.5 2.09
Chi 72 8.59
掛け軸の幅さ Scroll Width 55 6.56
掛け軸の長さ Scroll Length 318 37.93