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HOTOKE Japanese Kanji Wall Scroll

BUDDHA - HOTOKE Japanese Kanji Wall Scroll

Approximate Measurements

Artwork Panel: 44.3cm x 69cm  ≈  17½" x 27¼"

Silk/Brocade: 53.5cm x 129cm  ≈  21" x 50¾"

Width at Wooden Knobs: 62.5cm  ≈  24½"

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Buddha - Buddhism

Japanese Kanji / Chinese character / old Korean Hanja Calligraphy Wall Scroll

BUDDHA - HOTOKE Japanese Kanji Wall Scroll close up view

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

This particular calligraphy is done in Kai-Gyosho (Running-Regular Script). This style features bold but flowing strokes. It's written on Buddha-Orange xuan paper, with gold flakes. This orange color is used almost exclusively for Buddhist-related Japanese and Chinese calligraphy.

This is the Kanji that is Romanized and pronounced "Hotoke" (Hoe Toe Kay) in Japanese. This Kanji represents The Buddha and Buddhism. This Kanji and concept originally came from China (after Buddhism came from India) where this character is Romanized and pronounced "Fo".

The form written on this scroll is the ancient Chinese form that is also used in Japan (usually for religious purposes). It is also common to write Hotoke in Japanese in the alternate form which looks like this: 仏

The Kanji version written on this wall scroll will be readily-understood by both Chinese and most Japanese people (non-Buddhist Japanese people may not immediately recognize this more ancient form).

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Chinese and Japanese Calligraphy is only practiced by those with a keen and agile hand. It is an art that dates back thousands of years. Great artists, writers, and poets of China and Japan are often admired for their calligraphy ability and style.

This piece was done by Master Calligrapher Bishou Imai of Nara, Japan.

To create this art, Master Imai used special calligraphy ink on Buddha-orange gold-flaked xuan paper (rice paper). The raw calligraphy was then taken to our mounting shop in Beijing where some of the best mounters in China laminated this to more sheets of xuan paper and mounted it as a beautiful silk brocade wall scroll.

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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Kana style Japanese calligraphy

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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 15th, 2014

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Will there be enough hotels?

As the Chinese Government prepares Beijing for the 2008 Olympic Games, here are some related facts:
More than 200 new hotels are being built in Beijing.
Almost 100 miles of new subway and local transit rail lines are being laid.
Hundreds of miles of new and improved highways are being built.
Almost 100,000 billboard signs have been put up to encourage Chinese people to be friendly to foreigners (and to stop spitting in public).
Beijing taxi drivers have been ordered to learn basic landmark and navigational English.

The greater effect:

From the construction associated with the 2008 Olympics, The Three-Gorges Dam project, and other construction in China, there is a worldwide shortage of concrete and steel.
Because of the Para-Olympics, all new subway lines in Beijing are incorporating elevators making Beijing more accessible to disabled people than ever before.
Beijing's skies are usually gray by nature. In years past, on the days when the clouds clear, the sky was brown with pollution.
But in preparations for the Olympics along with a new public enthusiasm for environmental issues, gross-polluting vehicles have been banned by the Chinese Government.
So for the last few years, when the clouds clear over Beijing, blue sky can be seen for the first time in decades.

Typical Gallery Price: $300.00