Thursday, December 5, 2013

Ki Ga Tsuku Wallscroll for School

My wife works for and my children attend American Preparatory Academy at their Draper 2 Campus. Every month this school has a theme to try and help students develop certain values and virtues. The December theme happened to be the Japanese word Ki ga Tsuku 気が付く. The first character is Ki. Many of you have heard the Chinese term Chi, which is life force or energy. In Japanese we call this word Ki. Tsuku means to attach something to. So if we attach life force or energy, it means we are aware of our surroundings and can react quickly to serve or help others. I noticed back in August when the school year started that this was the theme and thought that Yoshimi and I could create something special for the students to learn. So I had Yoshimi write this back in August and have been making the scroll since then.

It is written in the Sousho (Full Cursive) style. The scroll is in the Sandan Hyougu (Three step style). The Ichimonji is a beautiful Gold Karakusa with some aqua in the flower arabesque. The Chuumawashi cloth is a benberugu with a white ivy design on a pale blue color. The Ten/Chi is a light blue shike cloth, with a light gold Hanging String. The Jikusaki are machined ebony wood with a very decorative pattern.

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 45 5.37
上一文字 Ue Ichimonji 12 1.43
紙本の幅さ Artwork Width 105 12.53
紙本の長さ Artwork Length 220 26.24
Pillars 3 0.36
下一文字 Shita Ichimonji 8 0.95
下中廻し Shita Chuumawashi 28 3.34
Chi 50 5.96
掛け軸の幅さ Scroll Width 111 13.24
掛け軸の長さ Scroll Length 446 53.20

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