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Calligraphy on Kakejiku – Jo-ha-kyū 「序破急」("Begin, Break, Hasten")

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Jo-ha-kyū is a concept that developed in gagaku music and that rapidly spread to all main Japanese traditional arts. Jo-ha-kyū outlines an art form's flow, which should follow three distinct cadences: start slowly, pick up speed, and finish swiftly.

The renowned Noh playwright Zeami Motokiyo (c. 1363 – c. 1443) analysed it extensively before adopting it, stating that it was a universal notion that could apply to any type of movement. Jo-ha-kyū subsequently made its way into martial arts and is still widely employed today.

In iaido, for example, the act of drawing the sword is sometimes defined as jo-ha-kyū. At first the blade is drawn gently out of the saya, to mask any signs of aggression. The iaidōka then accelerates the movement by drawing the blade further while applying pressure toward the opponent with the sword's kashira. Finally, he suddenly retracts the scabbard while the katana ejects swiftly to make the cut.

The old kenjutsu school Tatsumi-ryū has imbued its curriculum with  jo-ha-kyū. There are in fact three versions of each kata in its tradition. The jo version must been performed very slowly, in order to learn all the technical components. The ha version is the normal kata, to be performed at normal speed. Finally, the kyū version is a fast alternate technique based on the core components learned during the jo and ha stage.

Jo-ha-kyū is also theorised in tea ceremony, ikebana, poetry, and many more Japanese disciplines.


About the kakejiku

This Maru Hyōsō style kakejiku is made in Japan with high quality kifune donsu. The honshi is made of high grade gasen-shi, a traditional paper made of natural fibres used primarily for sumi-e (brush painting) and calligraphy.


About the kiri (paulownia) box

Kiri, known in the West as paulownia, is a lightweight wood that has a distinctive silky surface. Kiri is commonly used to make furniture, musical instruments, and storage boxes due to its unusual fibre structure, which renders it nearly impervious to moisture. It also has a great insect resistance since it contains a lot of tannin.


Hanging system

All kakejiku have a braided lace at the top that is used to hang the composition as well as tie the scroll up when it is stored in its kiri box. A single hook on the wall is enough to hang a kakejiku.


– Japanese Ink

– High quality Gasen-shi Japanese paper

– High quality Japanese Kifune Donsu

– Box: Japanese kiri (Paulownia) wood

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Overall size: 123 x 44.5 cm

Weight: about 0.26 Kg

Kiri box size: 52 x 8 x 7.5 cm

Kiri box weight: about 0.37 Kg

Care Instructions

– Do not display under direct sunlight.

– Avoid hanging in rooms with very strong air conditioning, and very humid rooms.

– A kakejiku is made of delicate paper and fabric. Manipulate with care.

– When rolling up the kakejiku for storing in its box, do it slowly, without winding it too tightly.

- Store inside its kiri box in a room with low humidity.

More information on this page.

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