The text on the inside page of the emakimono reads as follows:
Renditon of Choju-Giga, Scroll A, by Masakazu Yoshizawa (1950-2007)
The Choju-Giga (Frolicking Animals and People) is a set of four picture scrolls (emakimono) of satirical drawings belonging to the Kozanji Monastery, Kyoto, since the 12th and 13th centuries.
Toba Sojo (1053-1140), known as Kakuyu, is credited with being the main source of the first two scrolls. The original first scroll (depicted in this rendition) measures 36-ft long and 1-ft wide.
Mr. Yoshizawa, a musician and artist, duplicated the length of the first scroll and completed the work on one piece of paper.
The work was created in the traditional Japanese form, viewed from right to left.
Images include rabbits and monkeys swimming in a lake, rabbits and frogs carrying pots and boxes to an event, frogs and rabbits pass monks with their cattle, a rabbit chases a running monkey, dancing frogs, wrestling animals, a group of animals at a funeral, and a frog praying in front of a temple.
The work can be viewed here.
The following series of images is a DIY emakimono of Masakazu Yoshizawa’s rendition of the first scroll of the Choju Giga.
- Large Moleskine Japanese Album (5 1/8″ x 8 1/4″) with 48 accordion pages
- Images printed on natural parchment paper (8 1/2″ x 11″, 24 lb bond weight) or similar paper
- Paper cutter, Exacto knife, or scissors and ruler
- Collage glue such as Perfect Paper Adhesive (PPA)
- Brush to apply glue (PPA recommends applying with a damp brush)
- Tray to hold glue
- Spray bottle with water, optional
- Card with a firm edge to press out air bubbles, such as an old credit card
- Pen with permanent black ink, gray ink (depending on colors in your image), optional
- Spray such as Krylon Workable Fixatif to protect the art, optional
- Powder (rice powder, corn starch) applied to pages to keep them from sticking to one another, optional