Konnichiwa, Ichiroya News Letter readers!
How are you doing? This time Mitsue is writing.
The season has completely turned to autumn, and the weather is comfortable in Osaka. Autumn is good season to enjoy art, music, reading and eating. Though I enjoy them all around a year, I often visit museums in autumn. Also enjoying Chinese tea is one of my favorite, a different way of serving from Japanese one. May be I will talk about this issue some day, but this time let me show you wonderful art crafts.
The other day I visited an exhibition of Shanghai Jushu embroidery works in Osaka. 'Jushu' literally means carpet embroidery. I was so surprised at them, because they looked like paintings! They are called "Oil painting of the East" which is registered in Chinese nation grade Intangible Cultural Heritage. Shanghai developed rapidly after the Opium War in 1984 as a center of transportation of coastal area. So Western culture entered to China and many artists gathered in Shanghai. As a result, new cultural art of fusion of Western and Eastern was born. Tapestry has been a representative art craft of East-West trade. Now high quality embroidery art crafts are made in Shanghai including Jushu embroidery works. 100% wool threads are used according to the process like this.
1. Rough sketch is drown to the net fabric of Asa.
2. Wool threads are dyed by hand and dried.
3. Lining is attached to the net fabric and stretched tightly.
4. Stitch with various techniques.
The shade of threads is adjusted by its dipping time on high temperature and proportion of water. Photos are allowed to be taken, so I introduce some pieces which are impressive symbolizing of China.
There are also works which reproduce the paintings of such as Gogh, Vermeer and Klimt. They are exactly like the real ones though I have never seen yet...(-_-;)
Though Ichiroya has no items of Jushu embroidery work, I introduce Soshu embroidery works. It is one of the three major Chinese embroidery technique with Sagara and Swatow. Soshu embroidery works use 100% silk threads to express gracefulness and elegance.
Dear Ichiroya newsletter readers,
Hello, How are you doing?
Megumi is writing.
Higan (Equinoctial weeks) is passed.
Higan is the special days of praying to our ancestors.
When the equinox comes, we say good-bye to the heat or cold.
So, kimono season is coming!
Recently, I bought sandalwood fans.
It is my favorite because it smells very fragrant when I fan it.
The other day, I went to Kameoka in Kyoto to see Higan-bana(cluster‐amaryllis).
The flowers were not yet in full bloom on the day.
Higan-bana is poisonous, and has ominous aliases such as ‘shibito(dead person)-bana’ ‘Jigoku(hell)-bana’ ,etc.
Therefore, some people do not like it.
However, there is another name, ‘Manjushage’ that means flower of heaven in Sanskrit.
And I love this cute and red color flower.
I studied Sanskrit for half a year in my university.
But it was too difficult for me…
I respect the Buddhist students who have to learn Sanskrit.
Then I took a walk around Uji in Kyoto.
Those pictures are Byōdō-in temple and the Tale of Genji museum.
Uji is the place where the scene of Uji jujo (The Ten Quires of Uji) at the end of the Tale of the Genji.
The main character of this story is Kaoru, son of Hikaru-Genji.
Movies of the sad love story of heroin Ukifune are screened.
Incidentally, Maiko came to greet us when we went for dinner.
She was so cute…
I would like to recommend autumn design and princess design this time.
Autumn flowers design
Thank you for reading this to the end.
See you next time.
Dear Newsletter readers.
Hi, this is Azusa writing. How are you?
Autumn has at last arrived here and we have a fine crop of rice in Japan. I like autumn best of all the seasons because it's comfortable and we have a lot of tasty food.
In Osaka, we have autumn festivals for the celebration of a good harvest. There are a lot of festivals in Japan, and the autumn festival is well-known in Osaka. People are marching through the city towing a festival float. They are very enthusiastic, and they even practice singing songs for many weeks for the festival, which is held only once a week.
But in the elementary school I went, the situation was a little different.
It was like the autumn festival was held in my class all year round. A lot of students were singing the festival songs and beating a desk like it is a drum all the time, during the recesses, lunchtime and even in the class hours. The lyrics of the songs are to express gratitude for rices. When they were in the music room, they would play the songs on the piano with an index finger, and sing the songs. The students and teachers love the festival very much, and were thankful to rices, I assume.