An insistence on lifelike demons
With biting fangs and piercing horns, the work has a true to life feeling. The terror invoking nature of the demon leaps out at you. This work displays Shinsuke Kamiya's desire to create work that demonstrates the artistic nature of the demon. This refers to the real to life feel of the demon.
Onigawara as interior pieces
It is made in a size perfect for interior decoration and fits into a walnut base, making it a great choice for interior spaces with diverse designs. It will watch over the growth and developments you family undergoes.
■Brand: Onigawara Iemori
■Produced in: Aichi Prefecture
■Materials: Tile, walnut
■Box size: W23cm×D24.5cm×H8.5㎝
■Technique: Sanshu Onigawara
■Lead time: Approximately one week (plus an additional one to two weeks if inventory runs out)
*Please do not touch the Onigawara with your bare hands when removing it from the box.
*It can be hung on a wall or used as a stationary decoration.
In addition to hanging it on your wall with screws, you can affix it to gypsum board walls with no backing using the metallic pieces included.
What is Onigawara Iemori?
Onigawara have been placed on the roofs of shrines, temples, and other Japanese buildings to act as guardian deities to protect homes and families from evil spirits and demons since ancient times. Due to changes in the way we live our lives, Onigawara have been used less and less on the roofs of houses. “Onigawara Iemori" was created to provide novel Onigawara as interior decorations.
What is an Onishi?
Onigawara are different from ordinary tiles in that they are designed to ward off evil spirits and protect the family that lives within their home. Onigawara tiles are painstakingly made by craftsmen known as Onishi. Onigawara leave impressions similar to those of their creators; it is said that the personality of the Onishi resides within the face of their creations. Onishi utilize clay and a variety of spatulas to create infinite shapes, like demon gods who create demons. The techniques known by the Onishi make them the only profession in the world that can produce Onigawara, making it a highly sought after title.
Onishi: “Treasure every new acquaintance you make” Shinsuke Kamiya
In 2003, he joined Kamioniei Y.K. and passed the advanced level of the Aichi Prefecture Onigawara Evaluation Examination. He is a licensed second grade roof tiler. He has provided work to numerous shrines and temples, including the Koto Sanzan Saimyoji Temple.
Creating the future of Onigawara with his own hands
“Great works have histories that extend for hundreds of years. My dream is to be a part of that history. I want to be a part of that history," the young Onishi states. “I want to work on national treasures and cultural assets that will last for generations,” he says, letting his ambition show. Following in the footsteps of his predecessors, his unwavering creed is "Treasure every new acquaintance you make." He is in search of unique expressions. and there is no hesitation in his eyes as he carries the future of the onigawara world.
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