How to handle / maintain hanging scroll(KAKEJIKU)
[To enjoy artwork for long period of time]
We recommend you to swap hanging scroll with another scroll every 3 months.
This is because leaving artwork on a wall all year round will speed up its deterioration.
By swapping artworks whenever season changes, you will be able to keep the artworks last longer, as well you will get to enjoy the artwork changes from time to time.
[How to hang hanging scroll]
1. Take out the hanging scroll from paulownia wood case etc, place it on dry, dust-free floor, untie a string that is attached to the top frame of the hanging scroll, and unscroll the artwork.
2. Lift up the artwork by the string with one hand, support the scroll itself with another hand, and hang it onto a nail or hook on the wall. When the string is securely placed on the hook, slowly hang the scroll down towards the floor.
When the paper has strong curl, then lightly roll it into the opposite direction once.
When the wall hook is located to high position, then there is a useful tool to hang the wall scroll called "矢筈(yahazu)".
You can buy a cheaper yahazu from Amazon that costs around 1000 yen (only applicable in Japan).
[How to remove hanging scroll from the wall]
1. Using feather dust etc, clean dust from the whole hanging scroll.
2. Remove the scroll from wall, and place it on dry, dust-free floor. Make sure the calligraphy/painting side is facing inward, roll the scroll while removing any loose point. However, be mindful not to roll it too tight as this may cause crease or damage on the scroll.
3. When finished rolling the whole scroll, tie the string (but not too tightly), and put it back in the paulownia wood case etc. for storage.
Please refer to "How to store wall scroll" below.
[How to store hanging scroll]
We recommend storing it inside paulownia wood case (*). Paulownia wood is well known for its ability to absorb and release moisture. The better way to store it is to wrap it with Japanese washi paper, and place it inside the case with insect-repelling incense.
* We will include a free paulownia wood case for an artwork of over 100K yen (excluding taxes).
Please store it in a well-ventilated, low humid location.
Hanging scrolls are susceptible to humidity. Highly humid environment can cause stains and mold to form on artworks.
Please do not touch artwork with wet hands, or place flower vase right under the wall scroll.
However, an extremely dry environment is also not ideal for paper-based artwork as well; please prevent it from direct contact with air blowing from air conditioner.
2. Exposure to sunlight
Do not place artwork in direct sunlight. Artwork will get sunburn, and will deteriorate as a result.
Do not place wall scroll in a location where it can flap in the wind. This can damage the frame, thus speeding up its deterioration process.
[Restoration of hanging scroll to a former condition]
For restoring stained or damaged hanging scroll, please contact your nearest shop that can make the artwork into a wall scroll.
Please note, Kokkyoku do not conduct any restoration work on wall scrolls.