Thursday, April 30, 2015

Yugen Japanese Calligraphy Kakejiku

This is a scroll for a customer in the backyard of Utah. He is a massage therapist and this is part of the concept of his practice.

The writing is Yugen, which means subtle grace; hidden beauty; yugen; mysterious profundity; elegant simplicity; the subtle and profound. It can also be a word for the occult. It is written in Gyousho, which is semi-cursive by Yoshimi "Ryugyoku" Yamada.

The cloth is white with a small ivy karakusa (arabesque). The ichimonji is blue with a gold koi, which has some symbolism in the Koi turning into a dragon. The scroll is a black lacquer with a gold ring around the end. The hanging string is the takuboku pattern (white with blue/black fleck).

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Dimensions of the scroll as follows:
Name in Kanji Name in English Size in Bun Size in Inches
Ten 93 11.09
上一文字 Ue Ichimonji 13 1.55
紙本の幅さ Artwork Width 77 9.19
紙本の長さ Artwork Length 105 12.53
Pillars 20 2.39
下一文字 Shita Ichimonji 8 0.95
Chi 55 6.56
掛け軸の幅さ Scroll Width 117 13.96
掛け軸の長さ Scroll Length 274 32.69

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