Kotobuki 寿 long life

Over the last 20+ years, through my exhibitions, events, art projects, courses and workshops, I’ve met so many interesting mindful people in Europe and also Japan.

My pages and SNS have connected me with people all over the world. I’m so grateful to have both sides of artistic skills. Thanks to my two passions – calligraphy and painting. Without them I would not have discovered my own style of art form Neo-Japonism, nor created the unique Painted Poem series.

The poem shown here is a total inspiration-circle of calligraphy/ brush movements synchronised with our ways of life. 


 “ KOTOBUKI – A long joyful life ”

( accompanying poem )
流れて 飛んで
回って 沈んで
ぬいて はらってとめ 
くるっと上へ 又のぼる
長く ゆっくり のぼってく

A restless journey
A non-stop Kotobuki-life
Flow to fly
Turn to sink
Pull to sweep – and stop –
Circle around to the above and swim up
Long and slow – we are going up again

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Seasonal Greetings


Dear students, colleagues and Shodo friends,

May Christmas season be filled with joy and light!

光り輝き 喜び溢れるクリスマスに


I share some pictures here.

The calligraphy papers are origami-ed, wrapped and up-cycled this year!


Happy holidays


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“Meditation” with the moment by moment magazine

The New Autumn issue of “moment by moment” magazine is out now!

The theme is – Meditation-

I did the calligraphy piece for ” HISHIRYO / non-thinking ”

– the article by Gert Scobel.

( And the logo for the magazine cover )

I would like to post more about

” HISHIRYO 非思量” later this week!


#dalailama #shunryusuzuki #gertscobel

#momentbymoment #achtsamkeit #mindfulness #meditation #hishiryo #zen #dogen #buddism #beginnersmind #rietakeda #japanesecalligraphy

#richarddavidson #matthieuricard#nichtdenken

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Shakyou calligraphy 写経

Shakyou Calligraphy ” set was packed for the camping retreat!

I did the brush meditation in pure nature.

It was just a beautiful experience – sharpening my senses….


#shodo #japanesecalligraphy #shakyou #heartsutra #calligraphyfortravel #rietakeda

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Kokoro, Heart and Herz

I am in it!!

New issue of “ moment by moment” magazine.

The theme is “ heart “.

Thank you to the mindful team of the moment by moment magazine for working together!!

The issue is available in Kiosk and book shops in Germany, Switzerland and Austria.


この号のテーマは“心、Herz, Heart”




*moment by moment Ausgabe4/2018


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“SHO” is Peace

Calligraphy is to lead you to peace and harmony

Welcome to School of SHODO!

書は 和なり – SHO wa Wa nari “ (an old Japanese proverb above)
This is always my principal motto for learning and teaching SHODO,
the way of Japanese calligraphy.
It was the essence which kept me doing Shodo,
and fascinated me all the way and still does now.Even as a 5 year old child, I felt amazingly transparent and harmonious
yet free each time I was doing calligraphy, no matter which state of mind I was. And then I found out that the more I concentrated,
the better the brush flowed, and I became more peaceful.
This is for me the most sensational aspect of SHODO learning.
I try to bring across this essence to every student of mine and at every session remind them of it.

Nowadays we tend to see only the results or the pure technical elevation and materialistic rewards.
However – every process and stage of learning Shodo is to be your treasure and a sense of deep peace in you is much more valuable.

It’s been already more than 30+ years since I got familiar with brush and ink and attached to SHODO.
The more I get to know about SHODO, the deeper attraction I find in the world of calligraphy.

I feel grateful that I do spend my time and energy in the world of SHO which has such a rich and long history giving endless possibilities to discover peace and harmony in myself and outside the world.

I would like to show the essential ways of enjoying and learning the SHODO
which I have studied and developed from my experience as a calligraphy teacher and as an artist over the years.

And I really wish that the harmonious circle of people who enjoy the richness of SHODO expand more and more- both in Japan and all over the world.

Have a moment of inner peace with a cup of tea!


Rie Takeda

 See the web site : www.shodocalligraphy.com


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About Me

Artist and experienced teacher


Let me introduce myself.

I was born in Hokkaido, Japan, and brought up there.
I started practising Shodo at the age of five under
the creative supervision of my grandmother, a distinguished
“GAYU” calligrapher.Later I began to take lessons at a Gayu calligraphy school.
It laid a solid foundation not only for my development of the various layers of calligraphy technique and skills
but also for the SUMIE technique in calligraphic design.During my student years, I volunteered and assisted calligraphy classes for children in Japan and London.
Since 2000 I work as a freelance artist and a professional calligrapher in Europe and Japan.
Besides creating various media of calligraphy works and Neo-Japonism art,
I give courses and workshops on “SHODO-the art of traditional Japanese calligraphy” in Europe since 2002.
Yes, my passion for learning and teaching SHODO and the interest in developing the effective method of teaching this beautiful form of art has always been expanding.

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