Red Fuji – Trinkets and Memories #29

Being a big fan of several Photo Challenges, I am now hosting one myself.I would love it if you could take part! This is the 29th week to date.  Please click here for the challenge outline. Please post a link to your post on this page and I will make sure I put it on my challenge page for others to see too!

I look forward to checking out your posts!

So without further adieu here is my 29th trinket

Red Fuji Hanging Scroll

This is a traditional Japanese hanging scroll which I bought at a yearly flea market IMG_5253called the Setagaya Boroichi. It is held every year for 2 days in December and 2 days in January.

A scroll like this traditionally hangs in an alcove called a tokonoma which is a traditional architectual feature of a Japanese Tatami room.

In Japanese, it is called a Kakejiku. Kakejiku usually represent a season so most families would have at least four and change them throughout the year. I just love this one so it hangs all year long at my place. A tokonoma often also has an Ikebana style flower arrangement sitting in front of the scroll.

This one depicts the Red Fuji. It is very representative of autumn. Hokusai who was a famous woodblock artist made a print called the Fine Wind Clear Morning which is very famous. It is also known as the Red Fuji, not to be confused with the apple!

Apparently in early autumn on a fine clear morning Mt Fuji takes on a red glow with the rising sun. It is the subject of many Japanese artworks including Hokusai’s prints and my scroll.

Mt Fuji is a beautiful conical volcano that rises from the coastal plain. It is Japan’s highest mountan at 3776m. I have visited the area around it many times and love the many different views I have seen of it. I have yet to climb it but it is on the bucket list.

This scroll is one of my Japanese treasures and will hang in my NZ home one day reminding of my ties to Japan.

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12 responses to “Red Fuji – Trinkets and Memories #29

  1. Leanne, that’s lovely. I’m familiar with the artist’s more famous work as well. I have a red kimono that our younger daughter bought me while in Japan some years ago and it’s hanging in our house as a beautiful decoration.



    • This scroll is not Hokusai! But his woodblock prints are very famous! I suspect your kimono will be a wedding kimono. They make beautiful hangings after their intended use!


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