Four-paneled small folding screen Fujin-Raijin-zu（H456）
This is an interior small folding screen featuring Sotatsu Tawaraya’s masterpiece, “Fujin-Raijin-zu” (a depiction of the gods of wind and thunder), painted with Kanazawa foil instead of pigment.
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This small folding screen shows a rendition of Sotatsu Tawaraya’s “Fujin-Raijin-zu”, which depicts the god of wind and the god thunder and lightning, expressed using unique techniques that make full use of Kanazawa foil. Folding screens have been used in daily Japanese life since ancient times, whether as partitions, windbreaks, blinds, or for ceremonial purposes. Traditionally, folding screens known as “honma-byobu” (6-foot screens) were most commonly used. However, as living in apartments has become the norm and house frontage has become narrower, smaller folding screens were born as a decorative element of interior design.
Folding screens express the Japanese sense of beauty
Notes when ordering
Delivery will take approximately 3 months from the date of order.
Precautions for use
We recommend placing and storing the product out of direct sunlight to avoid possible fading or discoloration. Please used the gloves enclosed when placing the product. Placing or storing the product in a hot, humid or extremely dry location may cause damage to it. Please do not touch the product with wet hands. The product is made of paper and may tear if handled roughly.
Because all of our products are handmade, please note that their texture may vary slightly.
Folding screens are traditional Japanese decorative objects
Although folding screens are believed to have originated in China, they evolved in a unique direction after entering Japan.
As its Japanese name, “byobu” (屏風) suggests, a folding screen was originally a piece of furniture used to block the wind. As a partition, it also seems to have played the role of blinds. After the Muromachi period, further unique ideas were added to folding screens in Japan and the use of these beautiful furnishings began to spread. Even today, folding screens remain cherished by many as an expression of the traditional Japanese sense of beauty.
Gold folding screens are reproduced with great care.
Throughout the history of Japanese painting, gold folding screens have been the source of many masterpieces of great brilliance.
In particular, the Rinpa school, which originated with Sotatsu Tawaraya and Korin Ogata, and the Kano school, responsible for the “kinpeki shohekiga” gold leaf painting, have received worldwide acclaim. These are not only the pinnacle of Japanese painting, but also the pinnacle of artistic expression using gold leaf.
While we propose modern crafts using gold leaf, we are also researching these classics.
Our artisans especially pour their hearts and souls into copying the “Fujin-Raijin-zu” (gods of wind and thunder) and “Kohaku-Ume-zu” (red and white plum blossoms), in order to create pieces that exude an appeal approaching the authenticity of the originals. Our gold folding screens are the best of their kind today, not just in terms of their reproduction of the paintings, but also in the way the screens themselves are made and decorated with foil. They are highly valued as furnishings and works of art in various facilities and company buildings.
Bringing new values to modern life.
Gold folding screens are very beautiful pieces of furniture that express the Japanese sense of beauty.
However, in today’s living conditions, securing enough space to display a large folding screen is becoming increasingly difficult. At Hakuichi, we propose gold folding screen in a form suitable for modern interiors, using the techniques and knowledge that we have gained through authentic restorations. Here, we are introducing small folding screens that can be displayed in apartments, as well as series panels interpreting these compositions in modern ways, all of which can become stylish parts of your interior decoration.