Artwork Panel: 31.8cm x 57cm ≈ 12½" x 22½"
Silk/Brocade: 41cm x 113.5cm ≈ 16" x 44¾"
Width at Wooden Knobs: 50cm ≈ 19¾"
Close up view of the artwork mounted to this silk brocade wall scroll
改善 (Kaizen) means betterment, improvement, to make better, or to improve - specifically incremental and continuous improvement.
The concept of Kaizen became very important in post-war Japan when Edwards Deming came to Japan to teach concepts of incremental and continuous improvement (for which the big 3 auto-makers did not want to hear about at the time - even kicking Deming out of their offices). The Japanese workforce absorbed this concept at a time with their culture was in flux and primed for change.
This kaizen term is closely associated with the western title "Total Quality Management". Perhaps dear to my heart since I spent years studying this at university before I moved to China where TQM did not seem to exist. Slowly, this concept has entered China as well (I've actually given lectures on the subject in Beijing).
If you are trying to improve processes at your business or need to remind yourself of your continuous TQM goals, this would be a great wall scroll to hang behind your desk, or in your workplace.
See my Kaizen Custom Japanese Kanji Wall Scrolls page for more custom Japanese Kanji calligraphy options.
This calligraphy was created by Li Dan-Qing of Beijing. He's an older gentleman who has been involved with the art community of China, all of his life. Now in retirement, he creates calligraphy for us for sort of "hobby income".
The calligraphy was done using black Chinese ink on xuan paper (known incorrectly in the west as "rice paper"). The raw artwork was then taken to our Wall Scroll Workshop where it was laminated to more sheets of xuan paper, and built into a beautiful silk brocade wall scroll. Except for the use of a lathe to turn the wooden knobs, this wall scroll is virutally 100% handmade from start to finish (even the paper is made by hand).