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This is a very unique vintage Japanese stencil in Japan. It is called "型紙" or "katagami". This is from the "昭和" "showa period" . The "showa" period is from 1926-1989 but this is about 25-30 years old . This is a stencil that was used to make "kashigata" (for more information on "kashigata please see below).

Kodo (香道, "Way of Incense") is the Japanese art of appreciating incense, and involves using incense within a structure of codified conduct. These symbols are for playing games to guess the incense material.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Genji_chapter_symbols_groupings_of_5_elements.svg

The first one - No.23 初音 hatsune.

The second one - It is mixed with No.13 明石 akashi and No.12 須磨 suma.

This one is made from paper-but not flimsy normal paper....this is wonderful thick Japanese paper and it is in fabulous condition.

This stencil could be used but it would also be fabulous framed and hung on a wall.

The stencil measures about 12.5cm x 7cm.

More information on "kashigata" (the sweets made from the molds that were made using the stencils).

In the past, when a person died, it was expensive to give flowers or fresh food so, people made sweets (these are made from soy flour, rice flour and sugar) in the form of flowers, fish etc. These items were then placed on the "butsudan" (family shrine found in the house) for the dead person.

The sweets was also used for holiday celebrations, tea ceremony etc. These are for decoration only-they are never eaten.

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Vintage Japanese Stencil incense symbols in Kodo Japanese art of appreciating incense

Overview

  • Vintage Supply from the 1970s
  • Material: paper
  • Feedback: 2339 reviews
  • Ships worldwide from Fukuoka, Japan
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