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9/26/2011

Tatsu Dragon - INFO

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Tatsu 辰 Zodiac dragon - - ryuu 龍 / 竜 Ryu, dragon

The Dragon is one of the 12 zodiac animals of the Asian lunar calendar.
He is therefore a well-liked animal in folk art and handicraft.

It comes as a papermachee doll, clay doll or clay bell and other materials.

Introduction

. 12 zociac animals 干支  eto, kanshi .


The DRAGON has a special place in Asian mythology and art.
Here is my growing collection of articles and artifacts on the subject:
. Dragon Art Gallery .

2012 is the Year of the Dragon!

There will be many more new items with the TATSU.


Big Ema from shrine Ikuta Jinja


New Year Greeting Cards and more 年賀状
. Tatsu 辰 Dragon of 2011 .



- A water monster, seen as a Water Deity 水神 suijin - the Water Goblin
- KAPPA - 河童 / 合羽 / かっぱ / カッパ - ABC-Index -

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Dragon and Snake : tatsumi 辰巳
The South-Eastern Direction


Read the introduction to Dragon Amulets HERE:
. Daruma 「 だるま」 .



source : toy-art-gallery

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Tatsu no dorei 辰土鈴 clay bells
. . . CLICK here for Photos !




Tatsu no ema 辰絵馬 votive tablets
. . . CLICK here for Photos !

. Ema 2012 at Shimogamo Shrine .




Tatsu no hariko 辰張子 papermachee dolls
. . . CLICK here for Photos !

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from 門司ヶ関人形工房 - dorei 土鈴 clay bells
- source : facebook

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ABC - List of Zodiac Animal Toys from the Prefectures

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. . . . . Fukushima, Aizu Wakamatsu

. Zodiac Dragon on a Catfish - 鯰(なまず)に乗る辰 .
Nakayugawa papermachee doll
会津中湯川土人形 - by Aoyagi san 青柳守彦

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. . . . . Hiroshima
papermachee dragon, on a stamp

Tsuneishi hariko 常石張り子 papermachee dolls from Tsuneishi


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. . . . .Hyogo

doragonbooru ドラゴンボールお守り Dragonball
. Shrine Mikuriya Jinja 御厨神社 .
明石市二見町


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. . . . . Kyoto


. Shrine Kibune Jinja 貴船神社 (Kifune) .
The Dragon is the Deity of Water 水神 suijin of this shrine.


龍神札 Dragon deity amulet



ryuu omamori 竜守 dragon amulet



gookaku 合格 to pass an examination



ema 絵馬 votive tablet
source : kibune.jp/jinja/omamori


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. . . . . Osaka
. hatsutatsu neko, hatsu tatsu neko 初辰猫
cat on the first day of the dragon .

Sumiyoshi shrine

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. . . . . Saga

hiryuu 飛竜 flying dragon
It is also mounted on the festival floats.


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. . . . . Shimane

Izumo take ningyoo 出雲竹人形 bamboo doll from Izumo
The dragon on its way to heaven.


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. . . . . Tottori

Iwai no jiji gangu 岩井の木地玩具 wooden toys from Iwai Hot Spring


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. . . . . Yamanashi

fukuryuu 福龍 lucky dragon
Kai no fukuryuu 甲斐の福龍 Lucky Dragon from Kai province
From Kofu town.
When the plain of Kofu was still a lake, a dragon lived there. The Gods asked the dragon to make a sacrifice for the people, dry out the lake and give them land to farm in its place.
The dragon agreed to this proposition. In a great whirlwind he swept the water of the lake toward the sky and the plain was born.
The toy shows this "ascending dragon", which is now an amulet for good luck.
The "unwelcome child of the dragon" 竜の落とし子 is the model for the toy.


. Goshiki suzu 五色鈴 five-colored clay bells .
The dragon used them when draining the water off the plain.


. Nobori ryuu 昇り竜 / 登り竜 ascending dragon .



. irezumi 刺青 tatoos with Dragon .


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Reference
source : footandtoy.jp


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Dragons and serpents on ema votive tablets - 絵馬-龍・蛇系
source : www.zoeji.com


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source : www.bestjapan.tokyo

Dragon God Kokeshi wooden doll


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Chiyogami 千代紙


Kikujuudoo Isetatsu 菊寿堂いせ辰 store named Isetatsu
Tokyo
famous for its chiyogami printed paper



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Chiyogami is colorful handmade paper printed with Japanese traditional patterns or designs, and is usually used by girls for making kimono-clad dolls, small boxes, or bookmarks.

Isetatsu is now the only manufacturer/retailer of Edo-style chiyogami in Tokyo. They started the business in 1864, the end of the Edo Period, originally as a wholesaler of ukiyo-e and uchiwa (fans). Chiyogami was generally handled at nishiki-e shops at that time, and is believed to have been printed by ukiyo-e craftsmen.

The process of making Chiyogami is as time-consuming as for ukiyo-e. The more colors in the design, the more imprints it requires; some designs need more than 30 imprints per sheet. It takes about two weeks for a craftsman to complete a set of 200 chiyogami sheets that feature 20 colors.


sweets from Sendai as pattern

Shun Furukawa, one of three suri-shi (craftsman specializing in printing) at Isetatsu, says what makes multicolored chiyogami difficult to print is the nature of washi, which responds easily to humidity, swelling or shrinking. Even the slightest difference in size can make the prints look blurry.

The suri-shi first moisten the paper, so that colors can come out better. While they are printing, however, the paper may gradually dry out and shrink by up to a couple of millimeters, according to the weather. The suri-shi cover the printed paper with plastic sheets to prevent drying, but they have to pay extra attention on hot summer days or when the studio is air-conditioned. The paper shrinks, they moisten it to adjust the size, Furukawa says.

The ability to notice the difference in size comes from developing a certain feel for the process that comes only through extensive experience. Furukawa has had a 20-year career, but "I'm far from perfect," he says. "I would be happy if defective sheets are less than 10 percent out of 200 copies."

They also have to watch out for very tiny pieces of wood or dust that accidentally stick to the surface of the printing blocks, making an unprinted spot. If they are not careful enough, they could print out many defective sheets without noticing.
Isetatsu's chiyogami mainly features traditional Edo patterns or designs, or portrays the daily life of Edo's common people, though they have recently been creating some new designs, too.

Furukawa's task as a suri-shi is to copy the old designs printed decades ago as faithfully as possible. When he prints, he always keeps the sample near him and frequently compares his works to it.
source : Japan Times, 1999


These dolls are usually made from chiyogami paper :
. Anesama ningyoo 姉様人形 "elder sister" dolls .


. Yuuzen Chiyogami 友禅千代紙 Yuzen - Color Pattern Paper .


. Washi 和紙 Japanese Paper .

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雪催まで千代紙のあといちまい
yukimoyoi made chiyogami no ato ichimai

it looks like snow
falling after just one more sheet
of chiyogami paper


Yamato Norie 山戸則江

(Maybe she is folding anesama dolls and needs one more sheet to finish it.)





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Amulets and O-Mamori
. 12 Zociac animals 干支  eto, kanshi .


. Regional Folk Toys from Japan .


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1 comment:

中村作雄 said...

great collection !