11/11/2010

Etegami postcards

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Postcards including paintings
etegami 絵手紙

Letters, but mostly in the form of postcards painted with an encouragement or greeting to a friend. Some even contain a haiku and are almost like haiku with paintings (haiga).






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Etegami is a Japanese folk art consisting of simple hand-painted drawings accompanied by a few apt words, and they are almost always done on postcards for quick and easy mailing. The basic concept has been around for a long time; the tradition of handmade New Years cards testifies to this. But the present day surge in etegami popularity began after the work of artist Koike Kunio was taken up by the media in the late 1970s.

Koike is the current president of the Japan Etegami Society, and may rightly be considered the father of the modern etegami movement. The etegami motto, which he made famous, is “heta de ii, heta ga ii” (roughly translated:
It’s fine to be clumsy.
In fact, the best etegami are clumsy!)

Encouraged by this motto, more and more ordinary folk–people who don’t think of themselves as “artists”– both young and old, have taken up etegami as an enjoyable and relaxing pastime. If you google “etegami,” you are likely to find an increasing number of non-Japanese references to it, evidence that its popularity is gradually spreading to other parts of the world.

There are very few hard-and-fast rules to etegami. The traditional tools include writing brushes, sumi ink, gansai color blocks, and absorbent washi postcards, but non-traditional tools are acceptable. However, if it doesn’t have both drawing and words, it isn’t an etegami. Etegami are meant to be sent, rather than hoarded or displayed in frames.
source : www.nihonsun.com


further to explore
. dosankodebbie's etegami notebook


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. Etegami with flowers

. Etegami with animals

. Etegami - do it yourself books

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. Etegami of spring

. Etegami of summer

. Etegami of autumn

. Etegami of winter


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The Japanese words on this etegami are from a song that is sung to accompany a child’s game where one tries to stare down an opponent. “Daruma, daruma, let’s play the staring game!” The first one to look away or burst out laughing loses.

This is an original Etegami painting on a soft washi card. Etegami is a traditional Japanese folk art that combines simple images with thoughtful words.
source : www.etsy.com shop


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俳句と絵手紙の2人旅
Travelling, the two of us
with haiku and postcards






Etegami with haiku 絵手紙 俳句

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. Ono Katsuhiko 大野勝彦  

He lost both arms in an agricultural accident and someone discribed him as a "upper body living Daruma"
上半身生きだるま になってしまったのです。



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ちい散歩―地井さんの絵手紙

A well loved TV series with Chii-San walking around Tokyo, introducing special places and do one painting each time.


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. Nengajo New Year Cards with Daruma  



. Haiga 俳画 Haiku and Paintings
Photo + Haiku ... Shahai 写俳
 



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2 comments:

sakuo said...

Thank you for sharing.
Etegami,all of them are so pleasant.
I enjoyed.

Sakuo.

Gabi Greve said...

Thanks for stopping by, Sakuo san.
This morning, frost again and a beautiful 雲海 !
ガビ