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Hanging scroll (掛け軸, かけじく, kakejiku)

Also referred to as 掛け物 (かけもの, kakemono, i.e. “hanging thing”). It is a calligraphy or ink-painting work, mounted on flexible cloth (usually silk), so it can be rolled up and stored. Kakemono should not be mistaken with makimono (巻物, まきもの, lit. “rolled thing”). Kakejiku is designed to be hung on a wall, traditionally in a place called 床の間 (とこのま, tokonoma, lit. “a gap in the floor / tatami”; an alcove in a Japanese style room). The concept of hanging scrolls originated in China and was introduced in Japan during the Heian period (平安時代, へいあんじだい, 794 - 1185).

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