Fortune comes to the demon who laughs
A demon with a smile so great you can almost hear its laughter. It is called the Shokien (“Laughing Demon Mask”). It was created with the hope that it can help people smile all year round, and may turn the idea that demons are supposed to be scary on its head. The twelve beads that surround it represent a year (twelve months).
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: “Everyday is a chance to train” Atsushi Yamashita
After taking over his family's business, he underwent training as an onishi, and worked to interact with craftsmen from other regions to further his studies. He now runs an independent business (“Oniatsu”) and creates handmade tile products.
Meeting people helped me change who I am
He received instruction from top craftsmen from all throughout Japan. With the wisdom he gained, he works in pursuit of his own style. His creed is to eschew mass-production, and carefully complete each piece one by one. He devotes himself to striving for better every day, and puts his utmost effort into details like the fine finishing and the meaning behind the patterns he uses.
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