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  • Your purchased item will be shipped and delivered directly from Japan.
  • our purchased item will be shipped by Japan Post (EMS). However, you can request that your product be shipped by Fedex or DHL as well.
  • Your purchased item will arrive about 7-10 days after the payment transaction is complete.
  • Customers will be given a product tracking number so that they can track their purchased item during delivery.
  • Please contact us if you desire insurance on your purchased product.
  • Large-sized items may require an additional shipping fee.
  • Shipping Fee by Area:
    Asia – ¥ 2,000
    Oceania, North America, Central America, & the Middle East – ¥ 3,000
    Europe – ¥ 3,500
    South America & Africa – ¥ 4,000

    • The shipping fees listed above are for Japan Post (EMS). Extra fees may change if you choose to use Fedex or DHL.
    • The shipping fees listed above are estimations only. If you desire a more accurate calculation, please contact us in advance.
    • The shipping fees listed above are for a single item. The fee will be doubled with the purchase of 2 products. (As the shipping fee is calculated by the weight of package)
    • You can get free shipping if you purchase 3 or more items
  • Attention:We ship our items from JAPAN. You may be charged fee at the custom in your country. We can not know whether your package will be charged or not, and how much it will cost. In any case, the customs duty is the recipient’s responsibility.


  • Payment can be made through a wire transfer or with PayPal.
  • Wire Transfer Method:
    Below is the necessary information to make an wire transfer.
    Note: We require our customers to pay a small remittance fee.
    Bank: Mitsui Sumitomo
    Branch: Kyoto
    Account Type: Regular Savings Account
    Account Number: 7039838
    Account Owner (name): Yamazoe Tenkodo Co., Ltd

Return & Refund Policy

  • We accept returns of purchased product and offer a full refund if you contact us within 7 days of the delivery date (the date that you receive the product). However, we will require you to pay the shipping fee required to return the item.
    Please pay careful attention when repackaging the artwork for return.
    Any return or refund request will be denied after 8 days of the delivery date (the date that you receive the product).
  • Although each of our listed artworks have been carefully examined and inspected, if an expert (academic institution or public art museum curator) deems your purchased item to be inauthentic, we will offer a full refund despite the 7 day limitation mentioned above. In order to make a claim of authenticity, please do the following:
    1. Inform us of who has examined the artwork as well as his or her professional opinion.
    2. Return the artwork. We ask of you to pay the required shipping fee for the items return.
    3. Once the artwork has been returned, we will give you a full refund.

    We may contact the professional who claimed inauthenticity for further investigation in order to improve upon the quality of our listed artworks.

Authenticity Guarantee

Authenticity Guarantee:

The authenticity of our listed artworks are guaranteed unless the item is inscribed with “attributed to ~ ”. If an artwork is inscribed with the mark mentioned above, it does not mean that it is inauthentic. The artwork does indeed include the artist’s signature/seal and its age is properly identified. However, due to the inadequate amount of research so far, authenticity cannot be fully guaranteed. With such being said, we still list such artwork due to them exquisite works of art.


Although we ourselves do not issue written reports claiming authenticity, there are professional institutions such as the “Tokyo Art Club” that issue authenticity certificates which guarantee the authenticity of artworks produced in Japan. Most major auction companies do not accept any artwork without such a certificate. While a certificate of authenticity is not so important for artworks destined for personal use, we maintain contacts with the appropriate institutions so that a certificate of authenticity is possible if our customers require. If your purchased item is applicable, we will take the necessary procedures to ensure you of a certificate. However, a fee will be required. We will inform you of the fee as it differs according to the judge, and the artist. In the case that the judge deems the artwork as forged, the fee will be paid by us.
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This site, produced by historic Kyoto-based painting and calligraphy store Yamazoe Tenkodo, specialises in hanging scrolls for display alongside bonsai.

  • For those who are looking for a hanging scroll to display with a bonsai.
  • For those who wish to collect at least four scrolls, one to display in each season.
  • For those who do not just want to collect typical hanging scrolls, but who are also interested in scrolls in various styles.
  • For those who want to know the full symbolic meaning of an image in a scroll before deciding whether or not to purchase it.
  • For those who want to buy a hanging scroll for a bonsai without the tedious task of searching various stores or websites.

Our shop hopes to be able to assist such customers in finding their ideal scrolls.

How to Choose the Perfect Bonsai Scroll

By Season

By Season

Kakejiku scrolls represent the four seasons: spring, summer, autumn, and winter.

Kakejiku scrolls are designed to illustrate one of the four seasons: spring, summer, autumn, and winter. The motif of the scroll differs depending on the season the scroll represents and certain motifs belong to specific seasons. When looking for bonsai scroll, you must pay careful attention to the design and motif of the scroll in order to accurately display the season you wish to pair with your tree.

Furthermore, some scrolls are more specific in its motif than others. Kakejiku scrolls may not just be bound to the seasons. Some scrolls represent the times of the day such as morning, noon, evening, or night.

By Subject

The following are examples of bonsai scrolls.



Mt. Fuji

Mt. Fuji













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@ Tips on Choosing the Right Bonsai Scroll

When choosing a bonsai scroll, make sure to consider the size of your tree and the scroll you wish to purchase. You want the size of both the scroll and the tree to pair with each other naturally. For example, it is considered unnatural to pair a kakejiku scroll that reflects a bird or a person with a small-sized bonsai tree.

* By Shape: Vertical & Horizontal Kakejiku Scrolls

Tatsumono Kakejiku Scroll
Tatsumono Kakejiku Scroll


Vertically long kakejiku scrolls are called “Tatsumono”. Tatsumono scrolls vary in length and also width. The width of a tatsumono scroll can be as narrow as 10 cm or as long as 1 meter. This is important as the width of the scroll determines the impression and atmosphere the scroll presents.


Kakejiku scrolls that are longer in width than height are called “Yokomono”. The dimensions of most yokomono scrolls are approximately 30 cm x 50 cm. However, certain yokomono scrolls can be more than 1 meter long in width. Such scrolls are called “Oh-Yokomono” (means very wide scroll)

Yokomono Kakejiku Scroll

Yokomono Kakejiku Scroll

Oh-Yokomono Kakejiku Scroll

Oh-Yokomono Kakejiku Scroll

Tatsumono & Yokomono

The choice between choosing a tatsumono scroll or a yokomono scroll is decided upon the size of your bonsai tree and the space where you wish to place it. The impression or atmosphere that a scroll emits differs greatly between a tatsumono scroll and a yokomono scroll even if both scrolls are display the same subject.

Tatsumono (left): the scroll’s vertical length emphasizes the distance between heaven and earth.
Yokomono (right): the scroll’s horizontal length emphasizes the vastness of the sky.

* Remember to pay close attention atmosphere and the feeling that the scroll evokes.

A kakejiku scroll is meant to complement your bonsai tree. It is not and should not be the main attraction. The main attraction should be your tree. When choosing a kakejiku scroll, you must remember that the scroll must not draw more attention than the tree itself. The scroll should emphasize and bring out the qualities of your tree.

・Depth of Ink & Color

There is a wide variety of kakejiku scrolls to choose from. If one was in search of a scroll that gives off a very strong impression, he or she may choose from the works of the Kano school. If one were in of an artwork that focused on landscapes, then he or she may prefer the works of one could choose the works of the Unkoku school. There is also the Rinpa school that is known for their exquisite scrolls based on flowers and calligraphy. The Maruyama-Shijo school is known for their light use of ink and color. The variety and range of kakejiku scrolls is vast and may seem overwhelming. However, if we were to give our personal opinion, we recommend the works of the Maruyama-Shijo school.

Although the bonsai tree is the main determinant in choosing which kakejiku scroll you should purchase, certain artworks tend to be less restrictive than others. We recommend artworks that follow the teachings of the Maruyama-Shijo school due to their emphasis on harmony.

The Maruyama-Shijo school was a painting school founded by Maruyama Okyo during the Edo period. The school has produced many notable painters over the generations such as Takeuchi Seiho and Uemura Shoen both of who were active during the Meiji, Taisho, and early Showa periods. Their pupils have inherited their techniques and have preserved them till the present.

Artworks from the Edo period tend to be more calm and natural in color when compared to their modern counterparts. As a result, unlike more modern artworks that tend to compromise the bonsai tree as the main attraction, Edo period scrolls complement most bonsai trees with relative ease.

However, if you wish to choose a modern artwork, make sure that you choose a scroll that is not too strong in color or presentation. You do not want your scroll to overtake your bonsai tree as the main attraction.

The usage of ink and color is light. As a result, the image possesses a sense of calmness .
The usage of ink and color is heavy. As a result, the expression is overly powerful.

The usage of ink and color is light. As a result, the image possesses a sense of calmness (left).
The usage of ink and color is heavy. As a result, the expression is overly powerful.

・Brushwork & Vitality

Brushwork is a vital and essential aspect of calligraphy. Expert artists can draw the entire universe by just their brushwork and adjusting their usage of ink. In Japan, there is a form of brushwork known as “Kappitsu”. Kappitsu produces a powerful impression by utilizing minimal amounts of ink. While artistically intriguing and beautiful in its own right, the style is not suited for kakejiku scrolls due to its powerful impression that often interferes with the softer impression of the bonsai tree.

When looking for the right bonsai scroll, remember to think about your bonsai tree. While the scroll may look great on its own, it may interfere with the mood and atmosphere of your tree. You must remember to view the scroll as a single component to a bigger piece of art.

Soft and simple brushwork: ideal for kakejiku scrolls.
Kappitsu: energetic brushwork with a strong impression.

Soft and simple brushwork: ideal for kakejiku scrolls (left).
Kappitsu: energetic brushwork with a strong impression (right).

・The Size of the Motif

Dimensions: 147 cm x 51 cm

The main subject of the image above is of wild geese. Furthermore, the size of the geese in the drawing is the same size as living and breathing geese in the real world. While interesting in its own right, it does not make for an adequate kakejiku scroll as the scroll and the subject are just way too big when compared to an bonsai tree.

Now let us look at another example. Both of the scrolls above make use of the same subject: Mt. Fuji. However, the size of the scroll and the subject is very different. As a result, the two scrolls set very different moods/atmospheres. The kakejiku scroll on the right is better suited to be paired with a bonsai tree. Mt. Fuji is central to the scroll but not too powerful that it completely overtakes it. On the other hand, the scroll on the left emphasizes Mt. Fuji too much.

@ How to Choose a Bonsai Tree: Understanding Kakejiku Scrolls

Throughout we have mentioned the importance of the subject of the scroll. Many factors complement or hinder a scroll’s compatibility with a bonsai tree. Choosing a subject that is compatible with your bonsai tree is not enough. To truly find the right bonsai scroll, you must understand the subject.

* Understanding Behind a Kakejiku Scroll

Over 1,200 years have passed since the first capital in Japan was established. 1,200 years of history filled with stories, legends, and myths. Much of the subjects drawn on kakejiku scrolls revolve around such stories, national icons, and historical locations. Thus, if one truly wants to find the perfect scroll for their bonsai tree, one must not only understand the subject but also the history and story behind it.

We recommend you consider the following:

  • History - What is the historical background behind the subject?
  • Story - What story or legend is the artwork based upon?
  • Zen - What type of mindset or message does the artwork convey?
  • Artist - Who was the artist? How did he or she live? What is the author’s message?

The image above is of a person on a boat crossing the sea under the moonlight. What is the history behind the artwork? What is the story?

The artist of the painting is Azuma Toyo. He was one of the ten great disciples of Maruyama Okyo. They were called the “Okyo Jittetsu”. Azuma Toyo was an official artist of Sendai-han (domain of Sendai) during the later half of the Edo period. The painting above is just one part of two scrolls. Such scrolls are known as “Sofuku” (means “pair of scrolls”). Only when you put the pair together do you get the whole story. Below is a picture of both the scrolls side by side.


As you can see, the boat appears to be heading toward a building. The image of the two scrolls is a representation of the story “Wang Ziyou visits Dai Andao”: a story originating from China during the Tang dynasty. The story is of the following:

One night after heavy snow, a man known as Wang Ziyou looks up to the sky. There he witnesses a gorgeous full moon. Wang Ziyou was so mesmerized by its beauty that he knew he had to share such a view with someone else. Thus, despite the snow and the cold, Wang Ziyou gets on his boat to travel across the water to visit his friend Dai Andao. However, it took a lot of time to cross the water and by the time he had reached Dai Andao’s house, the full moon was over. As Wang Ziyou approached the gates of Dai Andao’s house, without a word he suddenly turned back and left. Taiando who was waiting for him at the gate asked him why he was turning back. Wang Ziyou’s reply was simple. As he looked up at the sky he answers, “I had thought of sharing the beauty of the full moon with you, but now there is no point”. Wang Ziyou had traveled to his friend’s house so that he could share the beauty of the full moon. However, by the time he had arrived at his destination, the moon had changed shape. The purpose of his visit was gone.

The story of Wang Ziyou has been around since the Heian period. It represents what is known as “Furyu” (elegance) and what was considered elegant or tasteful at the time. The scroll gives us insight on the mindset of people during the Edo period. The painting tells us what they cherished and what they considered beautiful. They found and viewed beauty in the simplest things. They appreciated the little things in life. Such is the meaning behind the scroll. A kakejiku scroll must not just be viewed by the image alone. You must understand its history and the story behind it. Only then will “Shitsurai” (decorating ones’ room to match the season) become meaningful.

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How to Purchase an Artwork in a Proper Manner

Our store has specialized in calligraphic works and paintings for over 100 years. We have had the pleasure of doing business with numerous customers both from Japan and overseas. We have had customers who were completely satisfied with our service and others who were not.

What is the difference between them?
Why are some customers satisfied and others not?

Based on our experience, most customers who return their purchased artwork return their purchase because they were not sure of what they wanted. Every customer has his or her own individual preferences and purpose of purchase. Our years of experience and knowledge have taught us that there are 4 key factors that determine purchase satisfaction

They are the following:

  • Purchase by feeling, not the price tag.
  • Choose a genuine artwork.
  • Be well informed before making a purchase.
  • Find a trustful and helpful store.

1. Purchase by Feeling, Not the Price

Purchase by Feeling, Not the Price

Kakejiku scrolls vary depending on design, shape, and size. In fact, the sheer amount of different scrolls that are available can be overwhelming. If any customer were to ask us what is the most important thing to consider when looking for the right kakejiku scroll, our answer would be to follow feelings. No matter how popular the artist of the artwork, no matter the price tag, no matter if a professional suggests you to make a purchase, if you do not have the feeling of want when you examine the artwork, you will not be satisfied in the end. Make sure to purchase a scroll that you want.

2. Choose a Genuine Work

Choose a Genuine Work

Not all artwork is genuine. There are many counterfeits spread around the realm of antique artworks. The price tag of artwork varies greatly, especially if it was by a famous artist. While there are some customers who do not particularly mind hanging a counterfeit scroll next to their bonsai tree, we strongly recommend against it. A genuine kakejiku scroll drawn by a historically acclaimed artist cannot be matched. In a movie or a TV show, the main actress/actor’s performance is only as good as the performances of the supporting cast. The same can be said about bonsai trees and kakejiku scrolls. A genuine kakejiku scroll (supporting cast) drawn by an expert artist will truly enhance your bonsai tree (main actor/actress). While there are many counterfeits out there, do not let it discourage you from purchasing a genuine piece of art. There are just as many authentic works of art available.

3. Be Well Informed Before Making a Purchase

Be Well Informed Before Making a Purchase

You cannot appreciate a kakejiku scroll enough if you do not understand it. If you do not appreciate it, you cannot enjoy it. And if you cannot enjoy it, you will not be satisfied with your purchase. Here are 3 things that you should know before making a purchase.

  • Have some basic knowledge on the artist.
  • Understand the subject of the artwork.
  • What message is the artist or artwork trying express?

Please make sure that you understand the 3 points above clearly before making a purchase. However, it should be noted that there is no need to understand the message or content perfectly. There is pleasure and excitement in finding out by oneself. We consider self-studying as an important and vital behavior.

4. Find a Trustful and Helpful Store

Find a Trustful and Helpful Store<

Previously, we mentioned that one should purchase a genuine work of art and that one should also possess basic knowledge before making a purchase. This is possible only if you shop at a trustworthy and helpful store. Such a store will help you distinguish genuine works of art apart from counterfeits. Unfortunately, not all stores are honest. Some stores will sell counterfeits by falsely labeling them as genuine. Finding a trustworthy and helpful store is very important.

Here are 2 things to consider when determining whether a store is trustworthy or not.

・How well does the store understand the artwork?

Any decent store should be able to answer any questions that you may have in regard to the artworks in their collection. They should be able to identify the artist, the subject, and content. Furthermore, they should be able provide proof of authenticity or at least explain the process that they undertake when determining authenticity.

・Does the store answer your questions in a respectful manner?

You may have further questions other than just about the artwork. How are the artworks brought in? How is the price determined? Any trustworthy store should be able to answer such questions. Check their store policies and if they understand them. Furthermore, does the store answer your questions in a respectful? Purchasing a kakejiku scroll is an overwhelming process and the store should be willing to answer any questions or concerns that you may have. This not only shows the store to be trustworthy, but also just how much a store values their own customers.


There are 4 key factors that determine purchase satisfaction.

They are the following:

  • Purchase by feeling, not the price tag.
  • Choose a genuine artwork.
  • Be well informed before making a purchase.
  • Find a trustful and helpful store.

Do not worry if you are a bit confused after reading the 4 points. There are stores that are highly trusted and professional.

Such stores are known as “Specialty Stores”

A specialty store or a store that specializes in paintings and calligraphic works solely sells paintings and calligraphic works of art. They are more knowledgeable than your regular antique store and possess a bigger collection of works. A bigger collection and more knowledge on the subject matter means that specialty stores are your best and safest option for finding the right scroll for you. The amount of knowledge and documents a store owns is crucial in providing authentic artworks to customers. The artworks available at specialty stores are truly genuine and in most cases, can offer some sort of proof. As a customer, by going to a specialty store, you save the time and trouble of doing research on your own. Furthermore, specialty stores are willing to share their knowledge with their customers. Specialty stores provide the 4 factors necessary for purchase satisfaction. At a specialty store, you will be make well informed purchas.

Finding a trustful store is impossible without visiting a number of different stores and having conversations with the storeowners. While some may find this part exciting, some do not. Either way, it is a tedious and time consuming, especially if you do not know what you are looking for. If you want to save time, you may want to visit a specialty store that specializes in calligraphic works and paintings from the very start. Either way once you find a store that you can trust, you will be satisfied with your purchase.

@ Directly Import From a Specialty Store of
Paintings & Calligraphic Works Located in Japan

Directly Import From a Specialty Store ofPaintings & Calligraphic Works Located in Japan

You may want to directly importing from a specialty store of paintings and calligraphic works located in Japan if you are one of the following:

  • A person who wants to purchase a kakejiku scroll but cannot afford to visit Japan for whatever reason.
  • A person who would like to purchase a kakejiku scroll directly from Japan.
  • A person who wishes to purchase an authentic piece of art from a trusted store that specializes in calligraphic works and paintings.

If you are one of the people mentioned above, we have good news!

Directly Import From a Specialty Store of Paintings & Calligraphic Works Located in Japan

There are websites that directly import kakejiku scrolls from Japan! This is a relatively new option. There are a wide variety of kakejiku scrolls and finding the right one for your bonsai tree is no easy task. Stores that kakejiku scrolls specifically for bonsai trees have previously never existed. We assume many overseas customers who have visited Japan in search of the right kakejiku scroll may have been disappointed as a result. Our long established specialty store has launched an online shop in order to meet the demands of our foreign customers. We are the first to do so in Japan.

At our website:

At our website:

  • All listed artworks can be directly imported from Japan.
  • All listed artworks are kakejiku scrolls specifically for bonsai trees.
  • All listed artworks are carefully selected by use: the oldest store that specializes in kakejiku scrolls. Our business in Kyoto is well over 100 years old.
  • All listed artworks are fully explained: the content, meaning, and history.
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@About Yamazoe Tenkodo

License Number: Kyoto Public Safety Commission No. 12151
The Kyoto Public Safety Commission officially licenses our store to sell antique goods as an antique art dealer.

The sign says “Paintings & Calligraphic Works Displayed Store Kakejiya”.It has been used since our store’s establishment.
The sign says “Paintings & Calligraphic Works Displayed Store Kakejiya”.
It has been used since our store’s establishment.

The current shop owner is Haruki Yamazoe: the store’s third owner. His sons, Ryo and Taku, are working at the store are the 4th generation of Yamazoe.

The current shop owner is Haruki Yamazoe: the store’s third owner. His sons, Ryo and Taku, are working at the store are the 4th generation of Yamazoe.

Our collection mainly focuses on the artworks of the Edo period. We also sell kakejiku scrolls and folding screens produced between the Muromachi period and the Showa period (15th-20th century). Our collection of paintings includes ones from the Maruyama-Shijo school, the Kano school, Rinpa school, Unkoku school, the Mochizuki school, Hasegawa school, Nanga (Bunjinga), and Zen. Our calligraphic works include works of Confucianism, Zen monks, famous calligraphers, and historically famous politicians and people. While our collection of calligraphic works is diverse, we particularly cover the works of Nanga or otherwise known as Bunjinga.

Our customers come from a wide range of backgrounds.

Our Customers:

  • Customers collecting paintings and calligraphic works.
  • Researchers from Japanese universities who are studying Japanese art.
  • Researchers from overseas universities who are studying Japanese art.
  • Japanese museum curators
  • Museum curators from overseas.

Former Partners:

  • Kyoto National Museum
  • Osaka Museum of History
  • Kansai University
  • Tokyo University of the Arts
  • British Museum
  • Indianapolis Museum of Art
  • Worcester Art Museum
  • Yale University

Our customers are not only Japanese.
Many of our customers come from all over the world.

* We have a real store.

Yamazoe Tenkodo has a real store in Kyoto since our establishment.

Yamazoe Tenkodo has a real store in Kyoto since our establishment.
Many businesses recently only have an online store.

* Yamazoe Tenkodo is a member of Art Dealer Cooperative Association.


We are a member of the Art Dealer Cooperative Association or more commonly known as the “Art Club”. The qualifications for membership are extensive and to join one must be recommended by a current member. We belong to the Art Dealer Cooperative Association located in Kyoto, Tokyo, Osaka, and Nagoya. Furthermore, we belong to the Ohto Antique Art Association, the Kyoto Antiquarian Book Association, the Tokyo Antiquarian Book Association, and the Osaka Antiquarian Book Association.

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About Yamazoe Tenkodo

We are the oldest store that specializes in paintings and calligraphy in Kyoto. We are proud of our 107 year long history, our collection of artworks, and our accumulated knowledge.

Our Customers

Our customers are from a variety of places and backgrounds. Our customers include the following:
  • Tourists (both Japanese & foreign)
  • People who are in need of seasonal decorations.
  • Japanese as well as foreign personal art collectors.
  • Researchers and academics who study Japanese art (both Japanese & foreign)
  • Museum curators (both foreign & Japanese)