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PR Video of the Traditional Japanese Art, Hitofude-Ryu

This video called “ 京都一筆龍【春夏秋冬】- Hitofude-ryu 【Four seasons】” produced by "Kyoto Hitofude-ryu Orindo" promotes the traditional art Hitofude-ryu, painted with a single stroke.

The ability of these artists to create such breathtaking works of art in such a short amount of time is absolutely amazing. Hitofude-ryu is a very attractive and graceful Japanese art.

This video features how the breathtaking Japanese art is painted.
Enjoy the techniques of hitofude-ryu artists.

What Is Hitofude-Ryu?

Japan's traditional art form, Hitofude-ryu, is a lucky charm used to connect people and bring success in business.
Hitofude- ryu has a long history. It has been used as a lucky charm or to expel evil spirits during the Edo Period. There was also another version called Hitofude-hebi that used snakes.
A ryu (dragon) was thought to be sacred and enshrined at temples as deities of agriculture because the shape of Japanese islands resembled a dragon.

There are two types of hitofude-ryu in Orindo in Kyoto. The "Ascending dragon" and the "Descending dragon" are drawn to pray for the achievement and protective power, respectively.
Nyoi-hoju” is one dragon that is said fulfill people's wishes and bring them good luck.

The painters of hitofude-ryu all over Japan are called "hitofude-ryu artist."
Keisuke Teshima, introduced in this video, is the most renown and respected hitofude-ryu artist.
You can see his work in this video at 0:05.
Don’t miss his amazing skills!

The popularity of hitofude-ryu has increased overseas thanks to the video posted by Keisuke Teshima.
His performance in America in 2014 was highly regarded.
You should definitely see the video that shows how Teshima draws a hitofude-ryu in his atelier.

How to Draw Hitofude-Ryu

As you can see from the video (0:05, 2:02, 3:39 and 4:44) , the body of a ryu is painted with the single stroke of a thick brush. The details such as a head or "Nyoi-hoju" are drawn with a thin brush ( 4:38).

First, a head is drawn in a single stroke using a thick brush.
Currently, various colors such as red, blue, gold and white are used to draw a ryu.
After a ryu is drawn, a painter finishes a background using special techniques such as powders.
A colorful ryu on a black background seems to come alive.

Where to Buy Hitofude-Ryu

There are various types of hitofude-ryu such as “ Kyoto hitofude-ryu” and “Kosyu-ya hitofude-ryu” and “Hitofude-ryu Takase” in Nikko.
Also “ Omamori-hidofude-ryu” or “ China hitofude-ryu” are popular. 

You can buy these works on the official web-site or at online shopping sites such as Rakuten or Amazon.
It is available by telephone order using the number on the official web-site.
The sales demonstrations are held at Orindo, and prices vary by type and size.

If you hang a hitofude-ryu artist's painting in your room, you'll have a nice change of atmosphere.
Hitofude-ryu are well known as lucky charms and makes great presents that anyone would be happy to receive.

Summary of Hitofude-Ryu

This video called “ 京都一筆龍【春夏秋冬】- Hitohuderyu 【Four seasons】” produced by “Kyoto Hitofude-ryu Orindo” features how to draw a traditional Japanese hitofude-ryu.
If you haven't watched it yet, don't miss out on this amazing painting process.

Enjoy the traditional Japanese art- Hitofude-ryu!

【Official web-site】Hitofude-ryu | Kisuke Tejima, Hisofude ryu artist

Written By
Oct. 3, 2020
鈴木 正孝(Masataka Suzuki)
The Traditional Japanese Art
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