Aikido Japanese Tensho Kanji Symbol Wall Scroll
143.1cm
56¼"
51.2cm
20¼"

Approximate Measurements

Artwork Panel: 33cm x 84.5cm  ≈  13" x 33¼"

Silk/Brocade: 42.2cm x 143.1cm  ≈  16½" x 56¼"

Width at Wooden Knobs: 51.2cm  ≈  20¼"

Aikido Japanese Tensho Kanji Symbol Wall Scroll close up view

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

合気道

Aikido

Written in Seal Script / Tensho

Aikido is often referred to as the defensive martial art. While aikido was born in Japan, it has become a somewhat famous form of defensive tactics taught to soldiers and Marines, as well as some law enforcement officers in the west.

Looking at the Kanji, the first means "union" or "harmony".
The second Kanji means "universal energy" or "spirit".
The third means "way" or "method".

Please note that while these Japanese Kanji characters can be pronounced in Chinese, this word is not well-known in China and is not considered part of the Chinese lexicon.

Note: It is somewhat accepted that this is the origin of Hapkido in Korea. And other than a modern simplification to the middle Kanji of this 3-Kanji word, it is written the same in Korean Hanja.


See our Aikido custom Japanese Kanji wall scrolls page for more custom Japanese Kanji calligraphy 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
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Japanese Master Calligrapher Bishou Imai gives a Japanese calligraphy class

Master Imai, holding a Japanese calligraphy class in Boston.