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Category: Chinese Character & Japanese Kanji Calligraphy Wall Scrolls

Large Enso Japanese Symbol
Large Wall Scroll


Large Enso Japanese Symbol - Large Wall Scroll
127cm
50"
63.4cm
25"

Approximate Measurements

Painting: 45.2cm x 66.8cm  ≈  17¾" x 26¼"

Silk Scroll: 54.4cm x 127cm  ≈  21½" x 50"

Width at Wooden Knobs: 63.4cm  ≈  25"

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Enso

The Japanese Zen Circle

Large Enso Japanese Symbol - Large Wall Scroll close up view

Close up view of the artwork mounted to this silk brocade wall scroll

This is Enso, which is really NOT a regular Japanese Kanji character. It falls more into the category of a symbol. In this case, it can be considered a religious symbol, as it is strongly-associated with Japanese Zen Buddhism.

Some call this "The Circle of Enlightenment". Others call it the "Infinity Circle". If you actually took the meanings of the two Kanji that make up the word "Enso", you could read it as "Mutual Circle" or "Circle of Togetherness". I think the Enso symbol can simply mean different things to different people. Therefore, you should let it have the meaning that you perceive.


See our Enso Symbol Custom Japanese Wall Scrolls page for more custom options.


About this artwork...

This was created by Japanese master calligrapher Bishou Imai of Nara, Japan. The materials used include special calligraphy paper and ink. The artwork was sent to our workshop in Beijing where we created a hand-built silk brocade wall scroll. By building the wall scroll at our own workshop, we save you a lot of money - most authentic Japanese calligraphy wall scrolls cost over $200!


Japanese Master Calligrapher Bishou Imai Signature

Authentic Japanese Calligraphy by Japanese Master Calligrapher Bishou Imai

Japanese Master Calligrapher Bishou Imai

Japanese Master Calligrapher Bishou Imai.
Shown here crafting her artwork which follows
a 1600-year Japanese tradition.

Bishou was born and raised in Nara, Japan. She began her studies of Calligraphy at the age of four at Baikou Calligraphy School. When Bishou was 25 years old, she received a membership to the Tenshin Kai (calligraphy society) and her life as a calligrapher began. Bishou progressed to the next level, becoming a member of the Cho-ko Guild which is the most prestigious calligraphy society in Japan. During her apprenticeship, she taught calligraphy and studied the art of Japanese silk scroll making (hyougu) at Mizuno Hyougu-ten.

Bushido Japanese Kanji calligraphy wall scroll

A sample of her work:
Bushido - Kaisho style

In 1998, Master Calligrapher Bishou Imai was awarded the highest rank in Japanese Calligraphy of Shihan. She currently holds a guild license for teaching both calligraphy and instructing teachers to teach calligraphy.

Bishou Imai is among the few to have won multiple best of category awards in national competitions (Japan). Her work has been displayed at the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Osaka Municipal Museum Of Art, Nara City Museum Of Art and Kyoto Municipal Museum Of Art.

In Addition to being a calligrapher, she is also an "artisan artist" (Hyougushi).

美嶂 is how Bishou is written. This name means "Beautiful Cliff/Mountain". You will see these characters signed just before the red signature stamp on her calligraphy pieces.


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Japanese Master Calligrapher Bishou Imai
Japanese Master Calligrapher Bishou Imai
Japanese Master Calligrapher Bishou Imai gives a Japanese calligraphy class

Master Imai, holding a Japanese calligraphy class in Boston.

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Jan 12th, 2015

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Typical Gallery Price: $400.00

Your Price: $178.88