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!

http://www.shodocalligraphy.com

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