Calligraphy on Kakejiku – Mushin 「無心」("no mind-attachment")
EACH CALLIGRAPHY IS UNIQUE.
Mushin is the ultimate mental state in martial arts. In English, it is often narrowly translated as "no mind," however this translation does not adequately capture the complexity of the concept.
Mushin has been explained using a variety of metaphors. Some people view it as a perfectly still lake with no ripples or waves, while others describe it as a mind free from fear, anger, hesitation, or ego. It doesn't mean there aren't any thoughts; rather, those thoughts are focused on the task at hand and free of emotions that cloud judgment. Practitioners sometimes experience it during a particularly hard and extended training session, but the ultimate goal of any martial artist is to maintain this state of mind at all times.
To quote Ryōkan Taigu (1758-1831), a famous Sōtō Zen monk, 「花無心招蝶 蝶無心尋花」: “Flowers thoughtlessly invite butterflies, which thoughtlessly visit flowers.” When butterflies flit, flowers bloom. They do not, however, plan their timing. It's all done in the state of mushin.
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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