Subject:Re: Japanese scroll?
Posted By: I.Nagy Wed, Nov 11, 2020
Here are the answers to your questions.
The spring festival couplet is typical Chinese thing. The Japanese do not write New Year's couplets, even if they undestand them. The practice of calligraphy is an another thing. The mounting at first appearance rather looks Japanese, but seemingly Chinese. The pseudonym seals denote two Chinese dynasty names.
In conclusion it can be said that it's Chinese,
The 関 "seki" or "kan" in the Zen Buddhist terminology has a meaning of "Gate to enlightenment"
Zen is written 禅 Chinese/Japanese.
道場 - Dōjō - Training hall
紫野雪窓 - Murasakino Sessō
龍寶山主 - Ryuhōzan-shu - Owner of *Ryuhōzan - Pseudonym
宗甫 - Shuhō - First of the sect - Another pseudonym
臨済正宗 - Rinzai Shōshu - True School of Rinzai Sect
Oda Sessō 小田雪窓 1901-1966
Rinzai sect priest.
Murasakino is the name of district in Kyōto where
the Daitokuji Temple is located.
Sessō at the age of 5 entered the Buddhist priesthood and received religious precepts as a Daitokuji School monk of Rinzai Sect. Later transferred to Myōshinji School. In 1943 was appointed as chief of Myōshinji Temple. In 1950 returned to to the Daitoku Temple and served as the 506th chief priest of that temple.
* Ryuhōzan (Mount of Dragon's Treasure) -
The full name of Daitokoji Temple is Ryuhōzan Daitokuji