Where do you get a name sign for your tea room

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I have seen some tea rooms where the rooms name is hung on a sign, written in kanji and engraved on a piece of wood. Usually plain wood with black paint in the engraving. Anyone know where you can get such a thing?

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Hi Marius,

Sorry for the late reply. There is one in Teramachi (section north of Oike and south of Nijo) which makes these items. http://www.shimizu-sue.com/goods/index.html There is an email address in the page given above. Try your luck with simple English.

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The signed board (hengaku), in line with the expected practice of the urasenke family, should be have the name selected and the board made by O-Iemoto and his staff.

As this is an expensive proposition, you may get clearance to have it made by your sensei or another person in a position to create a hengaku.

Of course there is the unsupported option to make it yourself. You will have a name and a nice board but you will be a sort of outcast for those who want to follow the strict practice.

We recently had a Chashitsu built (read imported from Japan) in the National Art Museum in Romania. We had to go for hengaku to O-iemoto.

 

 

 

  • Marius Frøisland
    No way I can afford the O-iemoto solution. But there must be services in japan that will machine the board/sign for tea houses and other places that want a kanji sign made of engraved wood.
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I think any sign maker or even some printshop should be able to engrave a wooden plate for you.

You can get someone who is good at calligraphy to do the calligraphy, and provide the shop with a scan, or, if that is impossible, find a nice calligraphic font and use that. Probably the least traditional way, but should be the most cost effective way here in Norway at least.

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