Calligraphy on Kakejiku – Kiai 「氣合」
EACH CALLIGRAPHY IS UNIQUE.
Kiai is commonly regarded in the West to be a vigorous shout uttered in conjunction with a strike or a block. It has, however, a far deeper meaning that encompasses different concepts such as energy, spirituality, and even kotodama (ancient Japanese belief in magic words).
Ki-ai is written with the same kanji as ai-ki-do, but in the opposite order. It means harmonising one's own ki, or life force, within oneself, but also with that of one's opponent, and ultimately with the universe.
In ancient Japan, ki referred to the power of heaven and earth. The top component of the kanji, 【气】, represents a celestial body, and its lower part, 【米】, which basically means "rice", evokes something that spread in all eight directions.
Kiai is a fundamental idea in all martial arts, whether you train with a partner (aikido, kendo, judo, etc.) or alone (iaido, kyudo, kata karate...)
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.
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
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
– 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.
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