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New product! Choju-Giga goods


Konnichiwa! Hallo everyone!

Today I would like to introduce a new product!!

This time, a【Choju-giga furoshiki】made by a dyeing craftsman in Kyoto has been added to the lineup!

Froshiki is Japanese traditional cloth used for wrapping things.

In modern times, it is used not only by wrapping but also by arranging it as a bag.

Choju-giga is an caricatured scroll of frolicking birds, animals and humans.

Oops, don't stop reading here! I don't know about Choju-Giga either, so I looked it up! I will explain in detail below♪


A picture scroll consisting of four volumes, "Kou-kan," "Otsu-kan," "Hei-kan," and "Tei-kan," which are handed down at Kosanji Temple in Kyoto. It is designated as a national treasure. Its total length is about 44m, but it is not clear when and for what purpose it was written.

In fact, there is a Choju-Giga version of "Paprika" by Kenshi Yonezu, a famous Japanese singer!

If you are not familiar with Choju-Giga, you may be able to understand the style at a glance!

Frogs and rabbits appear in the above video, but each of the four volumes has its own characteristics and the characters that appear are also different.

"Kou-kan" (Heian period, 12th century)

Kan volume. Animals that enjoy playing in the water are drawn, and the famous scene is the sumo wrestling of frogs and rabbits.

"Otsu-kan" (Heian period, 12th century)

Otsu volume. The first half depicts animals found in Japan (horses, cows, hawks, chickens, etc.), and the second half depicts imaginary animals and foreign animals (rhinoceros, giraffes, tapir, etc.). A more serious atmosphere than the other three volumes.

"Hei-kan" (Kamakura period, 13th century)

Hei volume. The first half is "human caricature" and the second half is "animal caricature", but it seems that the atmosphere changes drastically between the first half and the second half.

"Tei-kan" (Kamakura period, 13th century)

Tei volume. People are the main. It is drawn rougher than the other three volumes and features a humorous expression.

Kosanji Temple, where this Choju-Giga was transmitted, is located in Kyoto City, and its precincts are designated as a national historic site. Also, it is registered as a World Heritage Site as "Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto".

It holds a large number of cultural properties, most of which are deposited at national museums in Tokyo and Kyoto.

Choju-Giga is one of them!!

The author of the Choju-Giga is not clear, but it seems that the court painter was involved because it depicts a picture of a horse racing ritual. There is a theory that there were multiple people.

You can feel the drawing power of the authors in the shade of ink and the blurring. When you hear the word "national treasure," it feels like a distant existence, but in reality, it is also called the "origin of manga" because of its humorous development and how to use effect lines.

If you think so, you will feel a lot of familiarity.


<Introduction of new products>

This time, we are selling a Choju-Giga furoshiki at the traditional shop Akatsuki. There are two sizes, large and small.

The Kosanji Temple's seal has been stamped with red color!

The red stamp is called Rakkan.

It is a technique to clearly dye the family crests on the streamers and furoshiki so that they can be used as a sign! It has been handed down since the Muromachi period (1336~1573).

Other than wrapping, you can use it as a tablecloth, or you can put it in a frame and decorate it as an interior.

It has a Japanese atmosphere and is perfect as a gift!

♪Please check the product from here↓


We deliver you Japanese genuine skill with warmhearted crafts. We hope that we can continue to help you add color to your life with "tradition" and "craftsmanship".





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