Saturday, June 29, 2013

Japanese Scroll II

This is the second scroll I made in Japan with my Sensei's direction. I was learning techniques such as Nakaurauchi, Fuutai and the use of Fukushimaginu.
It was made specifically for the American Bonsai Society convention in New York, where I will be conducting a scrollmaking workshop and a display seminar. It is available for sale and inquiries should be made to .
This is a sumie painting of a Cuckoo or 杜鵑
It is painted by American artist Darlene Dihel, who resides in the Pacific Northwest. It is done in the 大和表具 Yamato Hyougu style. The Ichimonji is a Kinran, the Chuumawashi is a pure silk, and the Ten/Chi is a Shike silk. It is completed with a Brown Kakehimo that has red/green fleck to complement the chuumawashi. The Shike is a light tan earth tone and the jikusaki is a light almost ivory color wood piece.

Dimensions of the scroll are as follows:
Name in Kanji Name in English Size in Bun Size in Inches
Ten 90 10.74
上中廻し Ue Chuumawashi 44 5.25
上一文字 Ue Ichimonji 12 1.43
紙本の幅さ Artwork Width 56 6.68
紙本の長さ Artwork Length 203 24.22
Pillars 5 0.60
下一文字 Shita Ichimonji 8 0.95
下中廻し Shita Chuumawashi 22 2.62
Chi 45 5.37
掛け軸の幅さ Scroll Width 66 7.87
掛け軸の長さ Scroll Length 412 49.15

Friday, June 28, 2013

Scroll One in Japan Completed

This is the first of three scrolls completed in Japan. I learned many new techniques, such as the use of Fukushima Silk, Naka Urauchi and attaching and completing Fuutai for scrolls. This scroll or kakejiku is specifically made for the ABS 2013 convention, but if you would like to purchase before email to

This is a picture of Oriental Ducks, painted by Natsuko Horinouchi of Germany. I think it is very nicely done. I used the white chuumawashi pattern to reinforce rippling water and the Ichimonji and Ten/Chi to be shades of pond water as well. It is completed with a silver Kakehimo, and Ceramic Jikusaki that are also light blue and blend well with the Chi portion of the scroll.

Dimensions as follows:
Name in Kanji Name in English Size in Bun Size in Inches
Ten 95 11.33
上中廻し Ue Chuumawashi 30 3.58
上一文字 Ue Ichimonji 12 1.43
紙本の幅さ Artwork Width 85 10.14
紙本の長さ Artwork Length 296 35.31
Pillars 8 0.95
下一文字 Shita Ichimonji 8 0.95
下中廻し Shita Chuumawashi 20 2.39
Chi 50 5.96
掛け軸の幅さ Scroll Width 101 12.05
掛け軸の長さ Scroll Length 499 59.53

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Scrolls at Exhibition from Shibuya

These scrolls are from my Sensei's Family. He did not submit any to this exhibition, but they are very interesting.

Monday, June 17, 2013

道取りMichi Dori

Ok, this is a play on words, because I am not sure of the exact characters for Yamadori, but I am calling these Michidori.....technically I am taking a picture of them (Shashin wo totta) so these are some everyday bonsai that I see on the streets. I will try to get more in the future....none to float your boats, but to remember that this is a hobby for many Japanese as well.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

6/6/2013 Hada Urauchi Work

This was my work on June 6th. Hada Urauchi is the first layer of paper applied to artworks or cloths to make the scrolls. Sensei could not believe I got them done so quickly.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Byobu Work on 6/5/2013

Pictures of my work on a Byoubu on June 5th.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Pictures of Japanese House

I hope my wife's parents do not mind, but I thought many of you would like to see pictures of what a Japanese house looks like.