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

www.shodocalligraphy.com

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

www.shodokalligraphie.com

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

Otehon texts for new year 

I first prepared three calligraphy texts for Kakizome,  the new year’s calligraphy. And one Sumi-calligraphy for the Rooster year!!

“Tori doshi 酉年”: the year of Rooster.

“Toridoshi” in Kanji. 

Top one: Rooster, below: Year

This Kanji Rooster, only used for zodiac calendar.

“Toridoshi” in Hiragana

The Kanji, Tori.

The text for kid’s calligraphy class.

“Tori 鳥”in Sumie-calligraphy style. 

This Kanji literaturely means bird.

The new year calligraphy is always quite playful. To begin with, we talk about our Christmas holiday how it was, with a cup of green tea. And warming-up,  practise practice and practise…

At the end of lesson,  I ask students what their new year’s theme/resolution is and let them pick a word that describes the theme,  like “peace”or “stress-free” and so on…  And I translate the word into Japanese and pick a best matched Kanji for the word.

Student then calligraph-s the name, date and the Kanji on the best Seisho piece at the end.

Happy Practice!

Rie

October Text in Gyosho

Maples, high sky, yellow leaves…. yes! it is “Autumn here.

The Autumn season gives us always beautifully inspiring poetic texts for our calligraphy courses.

In this month,  naturally still …..hanging on to the moon!!

 

“つき てんしんに いたる ところ”

( Tsuki Tenshin Ni Itaru Tokoro )

As the moon rises to the very height of the sky,

Nature shows us its beauty”

 

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Little tips*

-Using a medium to a big brush

-Broad, light and stable Gyosho movement

-All Hane* Jumping techniques here are strong and longer

-Start with a folded paper ( into 6 boxes )and mark the middle lines and middle points

-Try to associate the image of the moon with your personal autumn feeling

-One can also try both with hard and soft brushes

 

Wish you all a pleasant Shodo practice.

Enjoy the autumn energy flow, moment by moment!!

ARIGATO

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Sanshotai: Sakura, cherry blossom

I am preparing more various spring texts right now. Lots of cherry blossom and spring themed texts!!

Whenever you see *Flowers* in calligraphy texts in spring time, it automatically means Sakura cherry blossom.

Japanese see the essence of
Wabi-Sabi philosophy in association with Sakura threes. They see the symbolism between Sakura and their lives.
Now enjoy the Sakura season till the last moment!

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