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

MA : 間 Pause

Hello – Konnichiwa everyone,
Today I’d like to share one of the essential concept, called ‘MA’.

Ma in light
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] ま、あいだ、カン、ケン
: Ma, Aida, Kan, Ken
: Pause, while, time, interval, stillness, space, chamber, room, leisure, chance, entr’acte

And ‘Ma’ in three calligraphy styles here↓

Ma Sanshotai in light
Sosho⬅️Gyosho⬅️Kaisho

Ma in action

About MA :
important concept of Japanese art and culture – the inner pause, the fulfilling emptiness, the bonding silence.
MA between/with time, space, humans, body, mind, soul…

In the last months, I’ve been additionally re-filtering and questioning lots more about the
MA– between/with materials, nature, economy, spirit..

Ma Sanshotai in stripes
「間/ま」

日本の武道、芸術、音楽、文化と深い関わりを持つ間/まという要素。

時間の間/ま、空間の間/ま、人との間/ま、体の間/ま、心との間/ま、魂の間/

すべての「間/ま」の程よいバランスが成り立って初めて、私たちは豊かに生きる気と力をもらっているのかもしれない。この数ヶ月、物質、自然、経済、社会、精神の性質との「間/ま」についてあらためて問い、考えさせられる。

Ma Kanwajiten


Happy Practice!
Rie-stamp-web
Arigato, Rie

www.shodocalligraphy.com
2020©︎Rie Takeda

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sanshotai 三書体 :紫

Morning calligraphy ( 朝書道 )
– Violet, Purple
– Murasaki, Shi / むらさき、シ
In three calligraphy styles
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Sosho ⬅️Gyosho ⬅️Kaisho

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Happy Practice!

Arigato,

Rie

Sanshotai : 訪 To Visit

Hello everyone,

Hope you are enjoying the Easter season.

Here is another Sanshotai snap from this morning.

Have you seen the cherry blossom yet?!

Kanji: 訪

– To Visit

– Otozu_retu, Tazu_neru, Hou

In Sanshotai three calligraphy styles

Sosho ⬅️Gyosho ⬅️Kaisho

-Etymology

: 言/ Word, to say, to speak

: 方/ wide, four directions

訪 ; initially meant ‘ asking widely in order to follow a line of inquiry ‘ which involved ‘ visiting many people ‘ and – now ‘ to visit ‘ is a major meaning. It rarely means ‘ to inquire ‘ nowadays.

-Radical :言

Happy Practice‼︎

ARIGATO,

Rie

Sanshotai : To rise

Another Sanshotai (three calligraphy styles) from my morning calligraphy routine. Lately my choice of Kanji is very much inspired by the beautiful Autumn colours and the atmosphere…

– Shou,  Nobo-ru

– To rise

In Sandhotai

You can see the development from the right hand side.

Sosho ⬅  Gyosho ⬅ Kaisho

Link to my Instagram 

Happy Practice!

Arigato,  

Rie

www.shodocalligraphy.com

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Sanshotai “Lake”

Here is another Sanshotai (three calligraphy styles) from my morning calligraphy routine.

Kanji “湖”

– Mizuumi, Ko

– Lake

Sosho  ⬅ Gyosho  ⬅ Kaisho

The image is from my Instagram account; https://www.instagram.com/p/BV7AnaTHW_7/

 I found this beautiful vintage Kimono fabric from my grandmother’s Kimono box.  A little fresh breeze for your hot day.

Happy Practice!

Rie

www.shodocalligraphy.com

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!