The year of the Ox + KAKIZOME

Happy New Year of the Ox 2021!
I hope you all had a relaxing holiday!

Ox in Gyosho

My year has started with the Kakizome event on the 2nd. Jan.
Thank you to everyone who attended the event.
It was great fun!
And I was very happy to see you all and share the Kakizome experience together.

A few days later, I did the ‘Kakizome on snow’ with my daughter!
I share some snaps with you too!
ARIGATO.

ABOUT KAKIZOME
The New Year’s Calligraphy called “Kakizome 書き初め” in Japanese. It is translated to the first calligraphy of the year, literally means ‘first writing’. That’s when the new zodiac character, one year’s aspirations, auspicious words in Kanji characters and the individual wishes, resolutions, theme for the new year are Calligraphy-ied at the beginning of the year on the 2nd of January.
KAKI 書き: writing, to write
ZOIME初め: first, to start, the beginning

Origin of Kakizome
The original “Kakizome” was celebrated as a court event since the Heian period. (794-1185) It was then called „Kisshohajime吉書始め“ which literally means first auspicious writing. The process of ceremony began from creating dissolving Sumi ink with using the WAKAMIZU 若水 the first sacred water drawn from the well in the morning on the first day of the year.
Then the celebrations and poems were written facing a fortune direction of the year (where the god of that year was supposed to be). This custom kept alive for the next several hundred years and it widely spread and became popular among common people in the Edo period after the temple school houses (寺小屋)were established. In the Meiji period, the Kakizome was introduced also in schools. The process of Kakizome has changed and a different way was adapted from the one at the court in the Heian era.

Ox in Kaisho

Purpose of Kakizome custom
Traditionally there are three points why Kakizome was celebrated.

1.Transforming one’s wishes, goals, aspirations into hand-written words

and intending to achieve these aspirations by calligraphy-ing on paper at the beginning of the year.

2.Showing the gratefulness and joy

3.Dedicating the calligraphy to the gods so one’s calligraphy skill could be improved

The Kakizome calligraphy works are burned at the ‘Dondo-Yaki’ festival,
which is a traditional event in Japan held around January 15th. People build a tower with green bamboo, cedar, straw and reeds in an open area such as the grounds of a temple, a riverbed, rice field or other crop field and burn New Year decorations and Kakizome. It is believed that your handwriting skill will improve and you will grow wiser if your Kakizome burns and soars up high into the sky. The higher the paper soot soars up, the better the calligraphy skills become. No worries, you don’t have to burn the calligraphy piece!

The Japanese are vigilant about “firsts“at the beginning of the New Year.
There are lots of “firsts”.
The first sunrise (hatsuhinode), the first visit to the shrine or temple (hatsumoude), and the first dream (hatsuyume), are among the essential “firsts” in Japan.

In addition to Kakizome celebration, I also tend to welcome a new brush and a new Sumi stick at the new year, a day before the Kakizome  day on the 2nd January or on the Kakizome day. The first one is called Fudeoroshi: first use of a new brush and the latter is Sumioroshi : first use of a new Sumi.
I love doing those ceremonial input often at midnight or early morning on the first day of the year. It is such a precious moment – very meditating and mindful.

Picture of the Fudeoroshi from this year
Picture of the Fudeoroshi, soaking the hair parts in the water

Like every year this year could be more than the previous year – I’ve enjoyed the absolute quietness on the first day and I’ve mindfully welcomed my brush, Sumi ink and the year of the ox. Hoping that I will be beautifully able to tame them throughout the year.

Thank you for reading.
Have a good start of the year.

Happy Practice!

Rie

*Here I share some video links with you.
You can see the Ox in different styles below.

Ox in Sosho


Kakizome on snow _ Ox in Hiragana

Kakizome on snow

Video Ox in Kaisho style

Video Ox in Gyosho Style

Video Ox in Sosho sytle


ARIGATO
HAPPY PRACTICE!

©RIE TAKEDA
http://www.shodocalligraphy.com

Merry Christmas in Action

I hope you are all well and fit – enjoying the holidays right now.
– I’d like to thank you for your support, compassion and inspiration. THANK YOU!
It’s been a challenging intense year for all and also for me as a freelance artist/calligrapher.
I am very glad that I managed to finalize my SHODO-Online program this summer and I’ve been developing the context and the structure as an ongoing project. As the way of my mindfulness based method is quite unique, it needed a long time and much effort – but I will keep working at IT, and making IT more interactive and effective. Here is my little Christmas greeting video for you! See the youtube channel link below.

And- still –
I am happy to be here and now – again.

I wish you all …
HAPPY CHRISTMAS!

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Happy Practice!
Rie

If you are interested in Kakizome, the new years’s calligraphy event on the 2nd January 2021(15.00 GMT /UK time), you are more than welcome to join in. More details, please have a look at the link below.
https://www.shodocalligraphy.com/kakizome-calligraphy.html

みなさん、今年もお世話になりました。心あるサポート、応援とたくさんの閃きをどうもありがとうございました。
大変な一年になりましたが、この機会に自分が本気で続けられるプロジェクト、本気で実現したいアイディアを見極める時間になったことはすでに大切な実りです。オンラインの書道講習や他のオンラインベースのプロジェクトもありがたいことにいい方向で進んでいます。今後も皆様のアドバイスやフィードバックを参考に、アーティスト活動、書道教室を持続していきますので、どうぞよろしくお願いいたします。素敵なクリスマスをお過ごしくださいね!

Arigato!

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Autumn course for beginners 2020

Hi everyone!
I hope you are well and inspired.
As you might’ve seen I’ve been very busy with online events and creating new works during the summer time.
Finally I am happy to inform you about the new autumn course for beginners.
It is one of my new Shodo-Online programs.

Online-Live : Autumn course for beginners :

○Date : 13.Oct / 27.Oct / 10.Nov / 24.Nov / 08.Dec 
○Time : Tuesday 19.00-20.30 (UK time/GMT)

○Course : 5 Sessions x 90 min 
○Fee : £170 / $200  (or £35 / $42 per session)
○Inclusive original PDF Templates / Texts / correction / individual name and stamp templates
   / access to the video recording (1 week)/ access to the limited videos

*Utensils & materials : you will get the list and info video link prior to the session,
please prepare the basics by yourself.

☑️To book, please visit my Shodo website and proceed the payment and you will receive the confirmation, additional info, link and the file.

Link : https://www.shodocalligraphy.com/online-course.html

📍Online-Live : Workshops for beginners
– Sunday, 25. October
– Sunday, 29. November
See the time table and the details from the link.
▶︎Link : https://www.shodocalligraphy.com/online-workshop.html

📍Online-Private Session (1:1 Tutoring)
See the time table and the details from the link.
▶︎Link : https://www.shodocalligraphy.com/private-session-online.html

Happy Practice!
Rie






www.shodocalligraphy.com
@neojaponismatelier

Celebrating Spring, the year of the Rat

 

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Have you done the Zodiac calligraphy yet?!
Or
Are you already moving on to a spring text?!

Here I’d like to post some fantastic zodiac calligraphy works from my students – (both private sessions and workshops in January)
As you might’ve seen 2020 is the year of the rat, started from the 25th.January.


The first calligraphy of the year : KAKIZOME was 子、鼠 / Rat in zodiac and pictographic Kanji accompanied with 世界平和 / World Peace.

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Technically we focused on basics and clear transparent lines.
Another focus I really wanted my students to concentrate on was the deep inner input of mindfulness while we did the text  世界平和 / World Peace.
All practised so beautifully….

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If you are no more beginner, you could practise Sanshotai 鼠.

When you do, please practice these three styles always in a loop circle from the right hand side: Sosho←Gyosho←Kaisho

This is the practice which has a light systematic flow so we can learn not only the different brush movement from Kaisho to Sosho but also the different energy evaluation quite effectively.

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HAPPY PRACTICE!

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Arigato, Rie
www.shodocalligraphy.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Long nights, Winter nichts: 永夜

Thank you for coming to the last Shodo workshop of the year in Basel(CH) /Bad Saeckingen (DE) area.

Our Shodo text was ;

“EIYA 永夜 “means long nights symbolizing the winter nights.

It can be read “nagai yoru”

•EI : 永 / eternity

•YA : 夜 / night(s)

”永“ is an extremely important Kanji character because it includes eight basic yet fundamental brush strokes for Kaisho/Block style – it called eight rules (八法)

Even if you are already intermediate level or advanced level practicing Gyosho style, winter season is a good time to reflect and review the basic strokes and techniques. You will see that each brush movement would become clearer and more developed after a few practices.

Here I put two images ; extra information about Kanjj science and background if you are interested.

♾https://www.instagram.com/p/B5xnnxKICwT/?igshid=1l0t9cs47yh4l

Happy Practice!

Arigato,

Rie

From Winter冬 to Spring 春

From Winter to Spring!

Thank you to all who came to the Shodo workshop.

We had already beautiful spring texts.

Loads of -clear sky-sun lights-Peach festival- breath- heartfulness.

Compliment on your mindfulness process and high concentration!

I am happy to show you the art of Shodo.

Arigato!

A student of mine brought me some tasty Anpans from Hiro-Takahashi, Zürich-

Was all soooo yummy!

Gochisousama!

冬から春へと書道のお手本もやっと季節が変わりました。雪解け水を意識つつ、白梅、寒梅で春の目覚めを感じます。ロンドンの展示会の準備や絵の注文で猫の手も借りたいこの頃ですが、授業やワークショップで書道という芸術/文化に興味を持ち学びたいという人達のために、自分なりの効果的メソッドを長年色々試して研究してきてよかったと感じる事が増えてきました。もっとそのメソッドを深くカテゴリー化していきたいです。今後もよりたくさんの方々にこの芸術の魅力を紹介していけたら嬉しい限り。感謝して自分も常に精進しなくっちゃ!

All wonderful works from the participants

And I would like to share some Winter snaps just to say “good bye” to the season.

❄️Calligraphy-ing on snow “with our finger-brushes.

It only lasts the moment…either way neither way.

I just can not help doing calligraphy on this beautiful paper like snow.

やっと降りてきた突然の雪。衝動を抑えきれず、冷たいとはわかってても 指で書かずにはいられない、、、 。

雪 YUKI/Snow in Kanji

ゆき YUKI/Snow in Hiragana

ユキ YUKI/Snow in Katakana

Happy spring practice!

Arigato,

Rie

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Winter Texts 冬のお手本一

I hope you are enjoying the beautiful advent time!

All Shodo workshops are done for this year.

Lots of frosty-winter calligraphy texts.

Otehon texts for December workshop in Freiburg

Thank you for attending the workshops here in Freiburg and also in Bad Säckingen.

Compliment on your mindfulness process!

From the last workshop in Bad Säckingen

Otehon: Fuyu no Tomoshibi

From the latest workshop in Freiburg

冬 : Kanji / ふゆ : Hiragana /フユ : Katakana

•Meaning : Winter, Winter season

•Pronunciations : Fuyu, Tou

•Etymology : ending + ice

冬 ; means the end of four seasons, the time when things get frozen.

冬山 / 冬月 / 冬天 / 冬至 / 冬眠

Happy Practice!

ARIGATO,

Rie

Workshop in Freiburg ; Lantern light

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Calligraphy ” Tomoshibi ” by Rie Takeda

Thank you very much for attending the workshop on Sunday.

I do appreciate your effort to learn the art of Japanese calligraphy with such opened mind!
All of you did very well – compliment on your full concentration and mindfulness process. Great job!

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Calligraphy display from workshop participants 21.10.2018

We had lots of (high) Autumn Otehon texts, mainly with the ” fire 火 ” element and yes, sure some ” misty fog / Kiri 霧 ” and  ” maple tree / Kaede 楓 ”

  • Autumn / AKI  秋
  • Lantern light / Tomoshibi 灯

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The illustration shows the pictographically developed composition.

Rice plant(s)  +  Fire  =  Autumn 秋

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Tomoshibi in Sanshotai : Link

The next workshop in Freiburg is on Sunday 18th November. It is at the moment fully booked, but one can be on the waiting list.

The November workshop will be the last one for this year. Then we will start again in the New Year 2019 on 20th January.

Meanwhile I hope you all will enjoy your Shodo practice in this beautiful season.

Happy Practice!

Arigato, Rie
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After a summer break…

KONNICHIWA! こんにちは。

Hope you had a great summer time !!

We had the first SHODO workshop after a long break!

Thank you very much for coming to the workshop in Freiburg.

Lots of autumn feeling and colours!

Compliment on your concentration and mindfulness.

Very happy to show you the art of Shodo.

Excellent process!

Arigato.

The next date is 21st. October.

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Happy Practice!

Arigato,

Rie

Workshop in June

Thank you” to everyone who came to the workshop on Sunday in Freiburg.

Very mindful, concentrated and productive!

The theme for June was more summery with lots of natural elements, like water flow and rain drops..

Excellent progress!

Well done. Arigato✨

Next date( the last one before the summer break!) is

on Sunday, 22. July.

Here I share only some Seisho pieces from three participants who are beginners.

Happy summer practice!!

Arigato

Rie

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Workshop-Bad Säckingen

Thank you to everyone whose who came to the workshop on Sunday in Bad Säckingen!

All learned and practiced wonderfully.

Well done!!

The theme was “ when a flower blossoms “

: hana sa ku toki

: 花咲く時

One of the participants Elke-san brought her beautiful photos. Sakura pics from Kyoto – and rare Atsumorisou orchid pics from Rebun island in Hokkaido.

Arigato!

Next date in Bad Säckingen is 13. May.

Happy Practice!

Enjoy the blooming time”

Rie

Workshop in Bad Säckingen

Thank you to all those who took part in the Workshop in Bad Säckingen.

Great to see the familiar faces again after a long winter break and some new faces!

Compliment on your mindfulness!

Well done!!

Next Workshop in Bad Säckingen is on Sunday, the 8th. April.

Come and join if you live in the Basel area!!

The theme here was ” Cranes/ Tsuru ”

The cranes symbolize a long lasting love, relationship, good luck, a long life.

The text was ” Tsuru Ten ” : crane-sky

The Kanji 鶴 has 21 strokes and a complex composition with some major techniques.

天 has two side brushings and both Harai techniques. Relatively it has a simple straightforward balance line. One of the perfect Kanjis for the beginner to practise.

As we practise with one themed text here in the Bad Säckingen course, I suggested that a few new comers should concentrate on only 天 and those basic important techniques of the Kanji.

And

All did fantastic Shodo!

Link to my Instagram :

Happy Practice!

Arigato,

Rie

Workshop in Freiburg

Thank you to all who came to the workshop in March.

All did excellent calligraphy-hours!

Big compliment on your mindfulness and deep concentration! Well-done!

I am happy to meet such beautiful minded people and to show them the Art of Japanese Calligraphy.

ARIGATO!!

Next Workshop in Freiburg is on Sunday, the 22nd. April

No more winter texts for us! Spring is here!

Happy Practice!

Rie