Japanese traditional Emakimono 絵巻物 scrolls and landscape scenery scroll

Emakimono style landscape Japanese scenery painting art scroll

Emakimono style landscape Japanese scenery painting art scroll

Japanese EMAKIMONO style hanging scroll

First of all, what is EMAKIMONO??

Emakimono – “E” means “pictures”, “makimono” means “scroll” in Japanese.

Emakimono is a Japanese traditional horizontal scroll which tells stories with pictures.

Japanese traditional Emakimono 絵巻物

Japanese traditional Emakimono 絵巻物

Old Emakimono

Old Emakimono

From right side, we unroll the scroll to the left, and illustrations tell you Japanese narrative.

So Emakimono usually is a few meters long, sometimes even 20 meters long!

The oldest Emakimono that still exists is believed to made in Nara period, AD 710 to 794.

oldest EMAKIMONO

one of the oldest EMAKIMONO

I made Emakimono style scroll with Japanese scenery painting.

Making Emakimono style Japanese scenery painting art scroll

Making Emakimono style Japanese scenery painting art scroll

To make this unique scroll, I used Precious Kimono silk obi belt for both ends.

It is woven with silk and making gorgeous patterns.

precious Kimono silk obi belt

precious Kimono silk obi belt

In the center painting area, I used white silk kimono fabric.

white silk kimono fabric

white silk kimono fabric

This white silk fabric is thin and soft, so I attached Special Japanese paper called “urauchi youshi”, on the back to make it stronger and harder.

This special paper has glue on one side and by ironing, I can attach this paper to the silk fabric.

I made this scroll with 2 meters long, so this can be hung on the wall in the rooms easily.

This Emakimono style horizontal scroll allows me to draw Japanese landscape scenery.

Painting landscape Japanese scenery

Painting landscape Japanese scenery

I really love to draw Japanese symbols, especially Mt. Fuji, Sakura cherry blossoms, Bamboo, and Koi fish.

Those symbols express Japanese beauty, and every time I draw them, I find myself being in love with them more and more.

In the past, I painted these symbols a lot on Usual Kakejiku hanging scrolls (Vertical scroll), but especially this horizontal scroll has enough space for me to draw all in here.

That’s what I wanted to make.

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