Thursday, December 12, 2013

Martial Art Scroll Order

This customer is serving in the US military and studies Martial Arts. When studying with a Japanese teacher in their discipline, he gave a lesson on the writing Johakyuu. Now this is a term often used in Japanese theater. It describes the slow buildup, to the climax breaking that tempo in the play and then the acceleration to the finish. This martial arts master used the same principles in his training sessions, and this became a defining moment in his understanding of training. In remembrance of this experience, he wanted to have a scroll made which provided that information.

If you would like a custom handmade scroll made for you, contact to Jonathan Maples at or call to 801-254-6842.

This writing is in the Kaisho style, and is brushed by Yoshimi Yamada Maples. The scroll is in the Yamato Hyougu style (note the strips of cloth hanging from the top). The ichimonji is gold on brown, the Chuumawashi is a pure silk with a flower arabesque, the ten and chi are benberugu khaki. It is completed with the Shitan Enshu jikusaki and Kodai Saniro hanging string.
Dimensions of the scroll as follows:

Name in Kanji Name in English Size in Bun Size in Inches
Ten 108 12.88
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 106 12.64
紙本の長さ Artwork Length 185 22.07
Pillars 20 2.39
下一文字 Shita Ichimonji 7 0.84
下中廻し Shita Chuumawashi 23 2.74
Chi 70 8.35
掛け軸の幅さ Scroll Width 146 17.42
掛け軸の長さ Scroll Length 437 52.13

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