Dragon Art Kousyuuya is a small shop specializing in personalized dragon, located in Nikko of the Tochigi Prefecture. So great are their proffiency that the artwork is done right in front of you, in 15 minutes or less! This is accomplished through a traditional Japanese painting technique called sumi-e or suibokuga. Why a dragon? As the English flyer at the shop says: “Dragons are considered to be similar to guardian angels. They are talismans against evil and bring good luck. For ages they have adorn Shinto shrines and temples. Pictures of dragons are also believed to bring good luck, good fortune and family security.”
And you know that they are good when you check some of their works:
You are given full control on the size, design, color and kanji character (for that there is a list with the kanji and their corresponding English meanings). The prices ranges from 2500 yen to 9000 yen, which at first can be considered pretty steep but you will quickly change your mind when you see the level of skill of the art, like in this 1 minute video shown below.
The dragon art peaked your interest but can’t make it to Nikko? The store also sells their works here http://www.kousyuuya.com.
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