Definitions for kakemonoˌkɑ kəˈmoʊ noʊ
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a Japanese (paper or silk) wall hanging; usually narrow with a picture or writing on it and a roller at the bottom
A vertical Japanese scroll painting
Origin: From . Literally "hanging thing".
A kakemono, more commonly referred to as a kakejiku, is a Japanese scroll painting or calligraphy mounted usually with silk fabric edges on a flexible backing, so that it can be rolled for storage. As opposed to makimono, which are meant to be unrolled laterally on a flat surface, a kakemono is intended to be hung against a wall as part of the interior decoration of a room. It is traditionally displayed in the tokonoma alcove of a room especially designed for the display of prized objects. When displayed in a chashitsu, or teahouse for the traditional tea ceremony, the choice of the kakemono and its complementary flower arrangement help set the spiritual mood of the ceremony. Often the kakemono used for this will bear calligraphy of a Zen phrase in the hand of a distinguished Zen master. In contrast to byōbu or shohekiga, kakemono can be easily and quickly changed to match the season or occasion. The kakemono was introduced to Japan during the Heian period, primarily for displaying Buddhist images for religious veneration, or as a vehicle to display calligraphy or poetry. From the Muromachi period, landscapes, flower and bird paintings, portraiture, and poetry became the favorite themes.
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