3/16/2013

Nami no Ihachi

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Nami no Ihachi 波の伊八 "Ihachi the carver of waves"

Nami-no-Ihachi (1751-1824)



Nami-no-Ihachi's dramatic wood carvings of the waves of Chiba's Sotobo coast reportedly influenced Katsushika Hokusai, one of Japan's most well-known artists.

also introducing

Hishikawa Moronobu (c.1630-1694)
Hishikawa is said to be the father of Japan’s Ukiyo-e style of art. His masterpiece, "Mikaeri bijin", was famously used on a Japanese postal stamp.

source : www.pref.chiba.lg.jp



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Kamogawa, Chiba - 鴨川市 - 長狭芸術

Yakuoin Temple 
Visitors are welcomed by a group of Kongoukai Dainichi Nyorai stone statues when they go up the cedar-surrounded path. Ahead of that, there is the pyramidal-roofed Yakushido hall, which was built in 1648. It is becoming quite damaged, but it still is a tranquil temple which strongly represents the style of temples built in the medieval times. In the main hall, there are the fan light sculptures (dragon & tiger image) and the kohai-ryu (flying dragon) created by Takeshi Ihachi the First 武志 伊八 when he was 29 years old.

The Ihachi's House Ruins 
In 2005, a part of the remains of Takeshi Ihachi's manor was leveled and became a cemetery. A Kuyomon emblem is engraved on the Takeshi family's tombstone that was built there. It is notable that, even though he was an apprentice of Shimamura-style sculptor Shimamura Teiryo, he called himself Takeshi Ihachi right from the beginning and never carried the "Shimamura" name. By a fairly recent survey, it is considered that the fact that he was a descendant of the Takeshi family, a member of the Chiba clan, became the possible reason why he called himself Takeshi from the beginning.

Konjoin Temple 
Possibly because Konjoin Temple is next (or opposite?) to Takeshi Ihachi's house, it stores many of Ihachi's works. When visitors walk up the stairs, they are greeted by a sculpture of sea waves (the Fourth & Fifth) - as if to display his trademark "Ihachi of Waves" - that decorates the entire Niou Gate. In the Dainichi Hall, visitors can see the kohai-ryu (flying dragon) and the fan light sculpture (images of shusen), which Ihachi the First curved when he was 28 years old.

Saifukuji Temple 

In Kamogawa, there are many temples with traces of the primary school construction period during the Meiji era. Saifukuji Temple was also a substitute school building for Takehira Primary School. Koizumi Chikashi, a poet, left a Teacher Training School in 1901 and was employed by this Takehira Primary School at the age of 16. Here, Koizumi Chikashi wrote many poems while struggling with romantic dilemmas. Visitors can also see fan light sculptures - Nami ni Ryu (Dragon Among Waves) and Shichifukujin (The Seven Gods of Good Fortune) - by Ihachi the First when he was young.

Kippo Hachiman Jinja Shrine
Currently, the only place where the Yabusame ritual is still continued is Kippohachiman, but in the early Showa Era, it took place in 5 places. In the shrine records, it is told that the shrine was built in 829, was rebuilt in about 1445 by the Satomi clan's follower Ogata Shigetsugu and the Yabusame ritual originated in the mid-Kamakura Period. Kippohachiman's main shrine is a distinctive style, surrounded by a lake like an island, and there is a kohai-ryu (flying dragon) sculpture made by Ihachi the First.
source : www.resort-kamogawa.net

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Dragon - waves 竜と波

Temple Iizuna dera, Misaki town 飯縄寺 岬町
Chiba






source : joe-inger-91.blog.so-net.ne.jp


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and
Kamogawa, Chiba

大山不動尊, 安房

伊八の波の彫り物をみた葛飾北斎は富岳三十六景の「平塚沖波」でその風景を模写し、欧州でその展覧会を見たドビュッシーが「ラ・メール」を作曲したというエピソードは、知っての通りです。

source : janjan.voicejapan.org



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