Sanshotai “Red-crowned cranes”

One of my Sanshotai collections.


“Tsuru”

つる

ツル

; Red-crowned cranes

In three calligraphy styles.

Some call them as Japanese Cranes.

They symbolize;

long love, long relationship, good luck, beauty, hopes.

Red-crowned cranes are one of the most loved and respected animals in Japan.
Happy Practice!

酉年 2017 from the Monkey to the Rooster

How did you start your 2017?!

The year of Monkey was a quite restless and messy one,  loads of changes happened in the world – around us.

Let us hope that the kind Roosters will bring us some peace and harmony.

This year,  the Chinese zodiac new year starts on the 28th. Jan.

The Sylvester is on Friday the 27th.

I give myself a second chance to start the year this week,  so I could property leave some monkeys behind and welcome the Roosters….

I wish you all a healthy joyful year 2017!

ARIGATO!

My morning calligraphy: sanshotai

I’ve started my Sanshotai calligraphy in early morning again.

At 5 am, it is already getting brighter hand some early birds are warming up their tunes.

This is for me the most silent and the best time of the day to *calligraph*

Here I share some of my sanshotai-three calligraphy style texts for practise.

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Sora-Kuu

Sky, emptiness

In three calligraphy styles

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Hope, wish, long for
Bou
Nozo-mu

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Mountain
Yama
San

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Evening
Ban

I mostly update *one calligraphy a day* on my new instagram so if you are interested in, please have a look.⬇

Happy practice!!
Arigato!

My instagram:
http://www.instagram.com/neojaponismatelier

Shodo Web:
http://www.shodocalligraphy.com

OTEHON Text: Three Styles

It is still chilly outside and we had some snow this morning!
The Sakura is just coming to us soon… but shall we finish this cold wind off with the three Shotai-practice?!

This is the text to practise 3 calligraphy styles and learn about the style development of the Kanji characters.
I would recommend it is suitable for colder seasons.
It is great for the advanced learners.
For the upper-intermediate students, please practise only two styles: Kaisho and Gyosho. You can use a medium sized brush as well as a bigger one.
Please always start to practise from the Kaisho, Gyosho and to the Sousho.

Harder haired brush is suitable.
Papers : a whole Hanshi or a half sized Hanshi
Time: please take 30min-40 min longer than usual Text


 

“SEI SOU SHIZUKANI SHO WO HIMOTOKU”

晴窓 静かに 書を 繙く

(せいそう しずかに しょを ひもとく)

訳>晴るき明るき窓の下に心静かに読書する

Reading the pages

Quietly peacefully

At the sunny bright window

 

 

晴窓静繙書せいそうしずかにしょをひもとくweb

*From the left: Sosho-Gyosho-Kaisho

 

Happy Practice!!

Arigato.

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Calligraphy Style : KANA

KANA
仮名 かな
( syllabic script )

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Kana is a calligraphy style developed and practiced only in Japan.
It is an amazingly delicate, light and elegant script.
-And it is quite distinguishable compare to other calligraphy styles.

Kana text typically runs and flows on fine paper like a gentle water stream
breathing colourful air and whispering secret dreams.

– Kana is considered to be most mastery, skillful and aesthetic calligraphy style.
It needs highly trained techniques and fine skills as well as a deep understanding of aesthetics in spacing and positioning.

It demands of a calligrapher also a vast level of
sensitivity and knowledge of Japanese Waka poems.
Classic Haiku and Tanka poems are very often used for Kana text.

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Kana text is very cursive script (Sousho 草書) consisting of KANA  (hiragana) or
often KANA and KANJI (or Manyogana)mixture.

A delicate, slim small Kana brush is used for practice.

Kana style is also known as Onnade (woman’s/female’s hand 女手)
because it was mainly used and practised by court ladys and women
during the Heian-period (794-1185).

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 * images are from the text archive school of shodo
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SHO Gallery “MU”

Autumn seems to me … a beautiful season for practicing calligraphy and being mindful.

I am doing a lot of calligraphy-ing in early morning lately and I am still loving it! Never ending story! It nourishes me so much and creates inner peace.

…Stillness, solitude, a little nostalgia, a warm candle light and incense make my day.

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MU

Zenword

Transparent calm mind,

free from thoughts and disturbances.

It means our infinite worthful

human life – activity itself.

Ink on paper, 40x40cm, 2010

Rie Takeda

♧Student’s album: Thomas’s Hitsujigumo (Gyousho) in process

I would like to share one of my Shodo students Thomas-san’s great progress & process on the text HITSUJIGUMI (sheep clouds).

His practice has been always a pleasure to look at and

he surely improves his skills every lesson with each text.
 

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The whole practice development from left to right – 

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Brush warming up and
some special technical warm up exercises  for Gyousho practice 

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Actual practice practice and practice…
focusing on detailed movement and spacing
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preparation for SEISHO!
WELL DONE!!

YOKU DEKIMASHITA!
Excellent job!