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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The year of the Boar 2019

I hope you had a great start of the year 2019! This is the year of the boar 🐗

Best wishes for the New Year.

Let’s hope the year of the Boar will bring us courage, peace and harmony!

 

 

Kakizome 2019 書初め is ;

The first calligraphy of the year,

The New Year’s calligraphy.

Of course we have done with the Kanji

“ 亥 “ ;

means boar in the zodiac calendar.

Normally “ 猪 “ is commonly used for boar.

On the Kakizome day, a new brush is

often brought in symbolizing the new start / the beginning.

 

Here I share some Kakizome pictures of my daughter which we did on 3rd January.

Yes, sure – we did the warming-up practices as usual!

Here comes a picture from the children’s class this week!

All did excellent Kakizomes and I asked them to write their individual theme for 2019.

 

 

Enjoy the learning process.

Happy Practice!

Arigato!

Rie

 

 

 

Toshikoshi 年越し

Thank you very much for your support this year!

The end of year is the busiest season in Japan just like pre-Christmas time in Europe.

The actual 31st December is called OMISOKA 大晦日.

In order to welcome the new year with a transparent fresh mind, families come together to clean up the house clearing the dirt of the old year.

Normally it becomes so quiet and empty in the cities as many go back to their home town during this time.

Here is the perfect text to finish off the year!

“Toshikoshi” 年越し

; New Year’s Eve, end of year

年 Toshi :year, season, years

越しKoshi : to transit, go over

Good bye the year of the Dog!!

Enjoy the last hours of 2018!

Arigato,

Rie

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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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 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

Otehon for winter season

Are you already enjoying your Shodo practice in a warm cozy room with some candles on?!

When it comes to practising Shodo, Autumn and Winter seasons are great for us to refind a inner silence and develop a deeper sense of mindfulness.

Today I post a perfect seasonal Otehon for here and now.

 

Otehonn text “shimobashira 霜柱”

: しもばしら/ シモバシラ

-English: Frost pillar,  Frost columns

-German: Frost Kristalle, Raureif

2 Kanjis;

-霜 shimo : Frost

-柱 bashira : Column, Pillar

-Level: beginner to intermediate

-Brush size: medium to big,  for both hard and soft haired

Technical Tips:

– make sure the difference between the side brushing and the direct brushing

– a clear 1-2-3 movement in the corner techniques

– left Harai technique, always wait for the cursive point.

– check all types of bending strokes

– check the middle line and composition balance

Enjoy your Shodo hours”

Happy Practice!

Arigato, 

Rie

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Otsukimi: Moon viewing

I hope you are enjoying the beautiful Autumn colours.

I would like to update a new Autumn text in Hiragana.

It is suitable for the beginners and those who are eager to brush up Hiraganas.

The Otehon text : OTSUKIMI おつきみ

It has four Hiraganas.

Tip :

– For medium to big brush,  both hard and soft.

– make sure you fold the paper into four boxes

– Loads of Nuki* Slide out techniques in the text,  so the warming-up practice with spirals recommended.

– For Hane*jumping technique, make sure you do the 1*2*3 movement with your brush.

Movement 1; Pause~ the place where you stop at the first stroke 

Movement 2 ; Preparation~ you open the hair of brush little bit.

Movement 3 ; To jump ~ you pull the energy up through your naval and slowly proceed to jump.

– Make sure you are able to imagine the clear picture of the moon you like and an extra feeling for that moon. 

– Kanji for that text is; “お月見”  or “月見”, you can drop the お.
Happy Practice!

Arigato, 

Rie

Otehon; Kingyo~Goldfish

I hope you are enjoying these hot sunny days! Are you brushing up your calligraphy skills?! Or doing more stroke-practice?!

Before the summer holiday ends, I would like to post an Otehon for the month of August.

The summery text you can not avoid ….

Yes,  “Goldfish”!!

“Aka-i-kin-gyo (Jap) ~ Red goldfish”

*Akai: Red

*Kingyo: Goldfish (Kin; Gold +Gyo; Fish)

*4 Kanjis and 1 Hiragana

Please check all balance lines, composition frames and some tips above.
Each Kanji have more less a clear middle line. Always start with a clear angle and check which brush technique should be applied.(side or direct brushings)

Recommended brush size is the medium to the big. Both hard or soft haired are suitable for this text.

Happy Practice!!

Rie

Otehon for a summerly walk “Yama- Michi”

Finally, the summer heat pops up!

I post the Otehon text which has the technique of SHINNYO”. It is not an easy technique to practise,  but a very important one to learn in the art of Shodo and in the Do-Art.

This Otehon text is prepared for the beginners who already practised some Kanji texts and for the first time to practise “Do-Michi-道”

Yama Michi”- can be read as San Do”.

: Mountain path

*Yama~ Mountain

*Michi~ The way, the path

Tip:

-Big or medium size brush,  both hard or soft.

-山: A combination of the side and the direct brushing techniques. A very strong corner technique. The dominant middlebalance. Rather thick and big.

– 道:1 x rectangular box + 1x”L” shaped composition. The key practice is a long flat MIGI HARAI(RIGHT SLUDE-OUT) in the Shinnyou radical. Always keep the brush upright. Concentrate on lifting the Qi energy up through your belly button. The extra “S” movement practice can be very effective.

-“SHINNYOU” in Michi/Do is one of the essential techniques in Shodo. Always ask your teacher again and again till you get the right brush movement and understand the correct energy shifting in this technique.

-Related textes : 書道 shodo、 華道 kado、 茶道 sado、 柔道 judo、合気道 aikido、剣道 kendo、空手道 karatedo…

-The “up and down practice” as a warming-up exercise is recommended specially for the vertical energy movement.

– Relax your shoulders and neck area.( as always^)

Good luck!!

Happy Practice!

Rie

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Otehon Text; Koharu

Otehon for early spring….

” Koharu ” in Kaisho style

*Ko: small

*Haru : spring

➡early spring,  the beginning of spring

Tip~

*For the beginners to the inter-mediate level1.

*With a medium or a big brush

小: Hane-Jumping technique ; directly before sarting the jumping, the curve should go little outwards(to the right hand side). More cursuve than straight. The Hane Jumping does not need to be big.

春: Three horizontal lines are in 1. bending upwards,  2.straight up,  3. bending downwards

Left Harai: A long streching lune. Just before letting the enegry/pressure out, try to open the hair little bit.

Right Harau : Starting calmly rather thin and gradually opening the hair. Always checking the balance. 

Before you do the Sun”at the end,  check the middle line and adjust. The right vertical line of the Sun should be longer.
Happy Practice!!

Rie

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Shakyou Calligraphy

I am just introducing the Shakyou 写経calligraphy with the Heart Sutra (Hannya-Shingyo) to the advanced students.

They are doing very well!! Despite the tiny Shakyou brush…. 

Once one gets used to it, the brush movement would become lighter and smoother – and eventually you would feel very meditative just like hearing the hymn of Heart Sutra.
Happy Practice!!

Rie

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Otehon “A shooting star”

Do you enjoy watching the winter stars?!

I love the winter stars..they look bright, clear and so beautiful.

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This Otehon is perfect for our cold icey evenings.
The text is called; “Fuyu no Ryuusei”

The direct translation is like..

“A shooting satr in winter (sky)”

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This Otehon consists of four letters.

1.冬 Kanji ~fuyu,  Winter

2.の Hiragana ~ particle between two nouns

3.流 Kanji ~ Ryuu, to flow

4.星 Kanji ~ Sei/ Hoshi, Star(s)

*流星 ~ Ryuusei, a shooting star
Tips:

-for the beginner to intermediate level

-using medium/large brush, can be both hard or soft haired

-if you are beginner, make sure you practised already jumping, corner, slide-out techniques at least a few hours.

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*Above: A Kanji ” Star ” in Sanshotai.

Happy Practice!

Rie