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Kakejiku - Kiai Calligraphy -「氣合」
Material: Ink on High-quality Gasen-shi Japanese paper, High-quality Japanese Kifune Donsu. Box: Japanese kiri (Paulownia) wood
Calligraphy size (total): 123 cm x 44.5 cm
Calligraphy size (paper): 70 cm x 33.5 cm
Kiai is commonly regarded in the West to be a vigorous shout uttered in conjunction with a strike or a block. It has, however, a far deeper meaning that encompasses different concepts such as energy, spirituality, and even kotodama (ancient Japanese belief in magic words).
Ki-ai is written with the same kanji as ai-ki-do, but in the opposite order. It means harmonizing one's own ki, or life force, within oneself, but also with that of one's opponent, and ultimately with the universe.
In ancient Japan, ki referred to the power of heaven and earth. The top component of the kanji, 【气】, represents a celestial body, and its lower part, 【米】, which basically means "rice", evokes something that spreads in all eight directions.
Kiai is a fundamental idea in all martial arts, whether you train with a partner (aikido, kendo, judo, etc.) or alone (iaido, kyudo, kata karate...)
This Kakejiku is a "Maruhyoso Kakejiku": It is made in Japan with high quality kifune donsu. The honshi is made of high-grade gasen-shi, a traditional paper made of natural fibers used primarily for Sumi-e (brush painting) and calligraphy.
This calligraphy is offered with a Kiri wooden box
Kiri, known in the West as paulownia, is a lightweight wood that has a distinctive silky surface. Kiri is commonly used to make furniture, musical instruments, and storage boxes due to its unusual fiber structure, which renders it nearly impervious to moisture. It also has a great insect resistance since it contains a lot of tannins.
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