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You can search online stores and physical shops to look for hanging scroll painting for sale. They come in different sizes, shapes and subjects. Because Shintoism and Buddhism has been an important spiritual force in Japan, animals and plants were celebrated in many Japanese visual arts.

For example, the bird crane has great significance in both China and Japan. Paintings of crane focus on a story as well as design rather than the bird’s detail. Mythology paintings like the Takasago include two cranes suggesting marriage as symbolism. Tsuru or the Japanese crane is part of the many classical folktales in the country. These winter birds migrate coming from Siberia in Japan in the month of October, and March of the following year. Tsurus symbolizes long life in Japan and they are used as decorations in festivals. The senbazuru, also called one thousand cranes, is an origami that is traditionally sent to sick people to hasten their recovery. Cranes are also believed to be monogamous (mate for life), thus scroll paintings of cranes are often given to married couple as anniversary gifts.

Scroll paintings of animals were largely used to tell mythology stories, and legends rather than the actual animal. Monkeys were believed to be deities in Chinese myhology, and the monkey king is popular in traditional Chinese opera. Most of these Chinese legends were passed on to Japan where they were developed and adapted. One famous Japanese fable tells the story of an aging fox who has had enough from its hunters that one day, he disguises as a human elderly priest called Hakuzosu – a lover of foxes. The fox then visited Hakuzosu’s niece and lectured him about the virtues of foxes, and all the chastisements that can befall anyone who harms this creature. As he returns home, he slowly turns back into his natural form, and fell into a baited trap.

Tanuki, the Japanese raccoon dog, is also an important part of ancient Japanese folklore. Many tanuki statues can be seen in Japanese restaurants, temples and shops. As statues, Tanuki animals are depicted with big, cone shaped hats with a bottle of sake in hand. The opposite hand carries either a promissory note or unfilled purse. Tanuki holiday is celebrated every 8th of November. They believe that Tanuki’s physical features symbolize good fortune. In the Kamakura era, a more comical image of tanuki emerged, owing to natural wild tanuki’s feature as having large testicles.


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