What is Hyogu?
SHOJI （Sliding Screen）
FUSUMA （Sliding door）
BYOBU （Folding Screen）
About Hyogu craftsmen
The work of Hyogu craftsmen
The products we handle are so diverse that it’s not an exaggeration to say they include everything related to paper. In addition to making new products, we also restore old items by removing dirt and give them a longer life. Our skills can be widely applied, so don’t hesitate to contact us if you are wondering whether you can ask the Hyogu craftsmen something. We hope we can help you.
Putting gold foil onto a piece of paper. Covering a wall with gold-foil paper. Such techniques are usually conducted separately by specialists in the individual fields. Hashimoto Kogando, however, does both of them.
Fusuma (sliding door): A representative Japanese fixture that is used as a room divider or for a closet, etc.
Shoji (sliding screen): Also a representative Japanese fixture, it allows soft light through the Japanese paper.
Kakejiku (hanging scroll): Calligraphy or painting on a wall scroll, which is displayed in an elevated alcove.
Framing: To place a calligraphy or painting in a frame.
Partition: Traditionally called tsuitate in Japanese.
Wall covering: To put wallpaper on a wall. Interior finish work.
History of Hyogu craftsmen
The work of Hyogu craftsmen was introduced from China along with the introduction of Buddhism, and developed mainly in Kyoto where art and religion were popular. Its history started in the Nara and Heian periods, when people were very keen on Buddhism, and it is said that Hyogu craftsmen were mainly employed when making Buddhist texts into scrolls and displaying Buddhist paintings and calligraphy. Thereafter, based on the development of the culture of tokonoma (elevated alcove), wall scrolls, folding screens and the like gained popularity and started to become established as the work of Hyogu craftsmen. People came to have lifestyles using sliding doors and sliding screens, and it is said that in the Edo period, the current role of Hyogu craftsman was well-established.
Traditional crafts of Kyoto
Hashimoto Kogando, a shop with specialists
Did you know that there is a national examination for Hyogu and wall-covering craftsmen? In addition to Hyogucraftsmen, specialist certifications are also set for many other fields.
We are a shop with specialists who have skills officially certified by the specialist examination. We make every effort to be a Hyogu shop counted on by local communities.
Authorized by METI as a certified traditional craftsman in the division of Hyogu, KYO Butsu-Hyogu, traditional crafts
Authorized by METI as a certified traditional craftsman in the general division, Kyo-Hyogu, traditional crafts
Authorized by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW) as a class-1 Hyoso specialist (Hyogu and wall-covering techniques)
Authorized by MHLW as a class-1 Hyoso specialist (Hyogu and wall-covering techniques)
Authorized by MHLW as a class-1 Hyoso specialist (Hyogu techniques)