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Japanese Scrolls

The “kakejiku" is a Japanese hanging scroll; it is a work of painting or calligraphy, which is usually mounted with silk fabric edges on flexible backings.


An essential aspect of the kakejiku is that it is not intended to be hung permanently; making it versatile in its placement. This means that it can be changed at frequent intervals. One of the pleasures of the kakejiku lies in selecting a suitable one, depending on occasions, guests, and seasons. 


The “kakejiku” was introduced to Japan during the Heian period (794-1185), primarily for displaying Buddhist images for religious worship, or as a way to display calligraphy or poetry. 


There were very few wars during the Edo period (1603-1868) in Japan. The peacefulness of the Edo period allowed Japanese culture to reach full maturity. Many famous painters flourished and the kakejiku became very popular in the homes of both aristocrats and ordinary Japanese people. 

For the last 15 years I have been collecting scrolls.  I have bought orphaned, abused and abandoned scrolls from dealers in Japan.  Many of the dealers I have purchased from had bought them from estate sales.  I only purchased those that "caught my eye."  Most are not in perfect condition but show  wear or neglected, but each has a uniqueness and character of its own.   


I am currently adding scrolls to the library.  Soon you will be able to click on each scroll to view information about them.  (But as of March 2023 it is taking me much longer than I thought...)

Please contacted me using the form at the bottom of the page if you have any questions

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