SHODO Japanese Calligraphy Scrolls

SHODO Japanese Calligraphy Scrolls
Made to Order – Fully Customizable

Order your own, authentic, one of a kind, custom SHODO Japanese calligraphy Scroll
for your home, business, AIKIDO DOJO, martial arts school, or as a gift for someone!​

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As big or as small as you’d like.

Express anything you’d like in beautiful Japanese calligraphy

These immensely talented artists can create for you just about anything you can image as an authentic, hand-inked scroll.

Call or E-mail us for more information or to order today.​

Simple wall scrolls start at just $55.00!

A properly made scroll takes considerable time to manufacture by hand and we do get busy!
Since, authentic ink can take more than a month to dry, call us now.
So, please plan ahead and order several months early, especially if you’re planning one as a holiday gift.


About SHODO Japanese Calligraphy Scrolls

aikido dojo calligraphy wall scroll o'senseiJapanese terms used to describe hanging wall scrolls include KAKEJIKUHYOUGU, and KAKEMONO.  However, KAKEMONO is a rather generic term and can refer to any artwork that hangs with or without calligraphy.  Therefore, the most appropriate terms to use for wall scrolls including calligraphy are KAKEJIKU and HYOUGU.  These terms came into fashion about 800 A.D. ​SHODOU. SHOUDO, sometimes spelled SHODO, is the term used to describe the art of Japanese calligraphy. SHODOU (pronounced ‘show’-‘dough’) translates as “the way of writing.”​HYOUSOU is the art of paper and glue.

SHODOU was brought to Japan during the NARA Period (NARA JIDAI, years 710 – 794 A.D.) when an influx of artisans from China and Korea introduced the philosophy of Buddhism and the art of HYOUSOU to Japan.  Taking a liking to the art, families and individuals began wanting their ink calligraphy and ink paintings decoratively displayed in their homes – “dressed in a KIMONO” as it were.







The Artists: Yoshimi Yamada & Jonathan Maples


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Yoshimi Yamada Sensei is a native of Japan and amaster calligrapher in the art of SHODOU.  She trained for many years in Japan to become a formally-ranked teacher of Japanese calligraphy. Today, she is affiliated with multiple Japanese-based calligraphy societies.  Her teacher bestowed upon her the calligraphy name of ‘RYUGYOKU’, which means “Dragon Egg.”  This name was derived from her SENSEI’s (teacher’s) calligraphy name.  Yoshimi personally hand-inks all the calligraphy for her wall scrolls.  She also teaches a Japanese calligraphy class (or SHIBU) at the community center in St. George, Utah.







hyoushoshi jonathan maples shodo wall scrollJonathan Maples trained in Japan for several years to become a HYOUSHOSHI. HYOUSOSHI is the general term for one who makes KAKEMONO and KAKEJIKU wall scrolls. Jonathan handles any non-calligraphy elements (matting, framing) in the production of their Japanese Wall Scrolls.  He also wrote a book on how to make hand-made wall scrolls.






Production Process & Quality of SHODO Japanese Calligraphy Scrolls


SHODO Japanese Calligraphy Scrolls

​Yoshimi and Jonathan’s traditional Japanese wall scroll business is the only one in the United States that creates from start to finish. The entire manufacturing process is done in-house. Unlike other companies, they do NOT outsource textile framing or other portions of the process to countries like China.

Accordingly, this dynamic duo doesn’t make their Japanese style wall scrolls out of low quality paper or cloth.  Instead, only the very best writing paper (HANSHI) and silk materials (SHIRUKU) are imported directly from Japan. They are hand-selected to make each scroll customized and unique. Yoshimi and Jonathan use only natural, environmentally-friendly glues (SHOFU NORI) in their  scrolls because synthetic or chemically-manufactured glues, that many other manufacturers use, simply do NOT maintain the integrity of the scroll.​

Furthermore, other manufacturers have disclaimers about potential defects in their craftsmanship and provide only vague explanations of who wrote the calligraphy.  This will never happen with a hand-made scrolls made by this talented, married couple.

Customers first select their scroll word, words, or phrase. Then, customers make their material selections (colors, fabrics, etc.). Afterwards, an accurate translation of your English words or phrase to Japanese characters (KANJI) will be inked. Next, digital pictures allow you to see the progress and to ensure you are satisfied with your selections.  As such, you can be assured that your wall scroll (KAKEJIKU) is an original piece of art and not a cheaply reproduced copy. To our knowledge, no other company offers that type of service.

Indeed, their combined 40 years of experience gives you the peace of mind that you will receive only the highest quality custom artwork. Additionally, you will receive a certificate stamped with the official seal (HANKO) of both the calligrapher (Yoshimi) and the HYOUSOSHI (Jonathan) to prove it is an original, authentic KAKEJIKU.​

Styles of SHODO Japanese Calligraphy Scrolls


A popular, standard style most often used in writing and for beginners



A semi-cursive style, which takes many years of practice to learn the “feel” of this style


A full-cursive style, which omits many of the brushstrokes or consolidates longer strokes into shorter ones making its legibility challenging requiring years of diligent, specialized training



Basically, there is no right way, wrong way, or single way to design your KAKEJIKU; 

only how your heart leads you to create your scroll.  

We’d be happy to assist you with your choices, as well.


Anatomy of a SHODO Japanese Calligraphy Scroll 

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Customer Testimonials 


“Thank you very much!  The scroll is beautiful and is hanging in our temporary DOJO.
Surely, when we move to our new space it will hold a prominent position.”

– Liz S. Herdon, Virginia



“I received the scroll today.  I was so delighted when I unpacked it.  The scroll is a beautiful piece of art that my family and I will long treasure…
Surely, this work will always have a place of distinction in our home… Thank you for making me smile all day.”

– Nikki Salida, Colorado



“I received the scroll – beautiful!  Nice touch with the certificate, as well.” 

– Allen, California


How To Order a Scroll 

Please complete the form below and the artists will promptly contact you by email and/or phone.

Please tell us a little bit about what kind of scroll you are looking for.

You will receive the very best from us and can expect to retain this scroll in your family for hundreds of years to be handed down as an heirloom of your legacy.​Ordering a Hakejiku is a very simple and even fun process.  After placing your order with us, it usually takes about 4 to 6 weeks for us to create and deliver your finished wall scroll. Pricing varies by size and style.  ​Please give some thought about the following while conceptualizing your scroll:

1.   The word(s), saying, imagery and/or style of the artwork you desire;

2.   The room, environment, and surrounding decor in which the scroll will be displayed; and

3.   Any personal preferences or requirements you may have…

If you are ready to place and order for your SHODO Japanese Calligraphy Scrolls, or wish to discuss a potential order, please complete the short form below, call us at 720-221-3665, or e-mail us.

No Risk Opportunity

The quality of our scrolls is never in doubt.

A refund is always available to you, prior to shipment, if you are not satisfied with your SHODO Japanese Calligraphy Scrolls.