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Description

The realization of generations of technique

This work is the result of traditional Onigawara techniques, shapes, and expressions handed down from generation to generation. Onigawara made with his specialty firing techniques have an impressive, unique luster and charming facial expressions.

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: “Creating new traditions”  Susumu Kamiya

<Background>
The third heir of "Kannaka", which was established in 1919 by Nakajiro Kamiya as a handmade Onigawara factory. The company press manufactures handmade Onigawara, specialized tiles, solar support tiles, and roofing tiles for shrines and temples.

To protect tradition is to continue to progress forward
Onigawara, and Japanese roof tiles, are the face of Japanese architecture. While he understands passing down the roof tiles that has grown over the ages with Japanese culture, he says that continuing to create the same thing does not constitute preserving tradition. Susumu Kamiya is creating a new tradition that fuses old traditions with innovation, both preserving what has been passed down to him and pursuing new designs and forms.


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