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An Introduction to "Kakejiku"

This video titled “Kakejiku-Making of a Japanese Hanging Scroll “ produced by “Niko Kitsakis” features how to make a kakejiku by Koseido Kamon Hyoguten.

Koseido Kamon Hyoguten in Takarazuka city (宝塚市:Takarazuka-shi ), Hyogo (兵庫県: Hyogo prefecture) was established in 1912. Hideyuki Kamon is the fourth hyogushi (mounter) of this store.

Hyogu refers to scrolls, hanging scrolls, folding screens, fusuma (sliding doors), panels, frames, and picture books made by stretching cloth and paper.

Hideyuki Kamon, a first class mounting technician, is involved in various works including the making of kakejiku, frames, folding screens, partitions, and the repairing of shoji or old calligraphic works.

This video focuses on the making of kakejiku (a very rare sight), as well as the names of the scrolls.
Please enjoy the video of this ancient Japanese craft.

The Origin and Culture of Kakejiku

Image of kakejiku

People enjoy having kakejiku displayed in their living room. Kakejiku is also called Kakehaba or Yukakake.
The art originated in China and came to Japan along with Buddhism over 1000 years ago, before the Heian Period.
Its style was established through the cultures of Calligraphy and Tea Ceremony. In this video, Hideyuki Kamon talks about the history of Kakejiku from the Kamakura, Edo period to now. There are various types of kakejiku such as Kakemono or Kakeji and Buddhist sutra, ink painting or calligraphy, as well as modern illustrations are drawn in a kakejiku.
Kakehaba is counted as “Hito-haba, Futa-haba”.

Hideyuki Kamon, the Mounter Who Keeps Pushing Himself

Hideyuki Kamon says Kakejiku is very deep and he is always finding new ways to challenge himself.

According to the interview with him, he discovers new things every day and works hard to refine his new discoveries.

How to Make Kakejiku

You can see how kakejiku are made in the footage from 6:14. Kakejiku is made of washi (traditional Japanese handmade paper), cloth and wooden sticks.

A Kakejiku consists of components such as Honshi, Futai, Ichimonji, Chumawashi, Hashira and Hasso.
The top and bottom parts of a kakejiku are called "Ten" and "Chi," respectively. The mounter’s techniques are necessary to decorate the washi.

You can see a Honshi being sharpened by Ichimonji in the footage from 6:37.
A kakejiku is completed through these various steps.

Get a Beautiful Kakejiku and Feel Traditional Japanese Culture in Your Own Home!

Prices for historical works or ones made by famous artists could end up costing you a lot of money.
On the other hand, you can buy kakejiku online at sites like Amazon or Rakuten.

If you are interested in ink painting or calligraphy or want to incorporate some Japanese culture into your life, we recommend getting a handmade kakejiku.
It's important to focus on not only design, size, and characteristics of the kakejiku, but also on a preservation or storing method for the works before purchasing them.

Summary of Kakejiku

Kakejiku is a high quality, traditional Japanese craft.

Please watch the impressive skills of this kakejiku artisan to learn how to make beautiful kakejiku.
Enter the world of kakejiku that you didn’t even know existed.

【Official Website】Koseido Kamon Hyoguten in Takarazuka- A shop to first class mounters

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Last Updated : Jul. 11, 2022
坂崎 なお(Nao Sakazaki)
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Kakejiku - Traditional Japanese Hanging Scroll Art
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