Description

To seal away common sense and create a way to see the world

A piece reminiscent of Balinese god masks. It is designed to be universal and friendly. It symbolically retains the characteristics of traditional demon masks, but has a unique presence by omitting the beads and other decorations in favor of simplicity.

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.

Product details
■Brand: Onigawara Iemori
■Produced in:  Aichi Prefecture
■Materials:  Tile, walnut
■Size:  W14cm×D20cm×H2.6cm
■Box size: W23cm×D24.5cm×H8.5㎝
■Weight:  800g 
■Technique:  Sanshu Onigawara
■Lead time: Approximately one week (plus an additional one to two weeks if inventory runs out)
*Product will be delivered in a paulownia box.
*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: For novelty and ingenuity  Sho Hagiwara

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He is the third heir of Onijyu, a Onigawara workshop that has been in business for 80 years. He creates Onigawara pieces for home use and for cultural property restoration, and is developing new types of products together with the Japan Industrial Designers Association.

Fusing modern sensibilities with tradition
His ability as an Onishi is well known through his work for the Imperial Palace, the Kyoto Imperial Palace, the Izumo Taisha Shrine, and many more iconic buildings and temples throughout Japan. He says he built his skills through daily training, and that his sensibilities were cultivated by seeing and experiencing various works and techniques of his predecessors among many others. His strength is in his solid skill as an Onishi and his innovative sensibilities.


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