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. 

© RIE TAKEDA

ことぶきⅡ
 “ KOTOBUKI – A long joyful life ”

( accompanying poem )
休みなき道
休みなく寿
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

KOTOBUKI 2010
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Happy 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

Sanshotai 三書体 :紫

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

#rietakeda #shodo #japanesecalligraphy #japanischekalligraphie #shodokurs #kalligraphiekurs #calligraphycourse #mindfulnesstraining #achtsamkeitstraining #mindfulcalligraphy #brushmeditations #meditations #kanjilearning #kaisho #gyosho #sosho #zen #calligraphystyles #violet #purple

Happy Practice!

Arigato,

Rie

“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!

@momentbymoment.magazin

#dalailama #shunryusuzuki #gertscobel

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

#richarddavidson #matthieuricard#nichtdenken

Happy Practice!

Arigato,

Rie

After a summer break…

KONNICHIWA! こんにちは。

Hope you had a great summer time !!

We had the first SHODO workshop after a long break!

Thank you very much for coming to the workshop in Freiburg.

Lots of autumn feeling and colours!

Compliment on your concentration and mindfulness.

Very happy to show you the art of Shodo.

Excellent process!

Arigato.

The next date is 21st. October.

#shodo #japanesecalligraphy #japanischekalligraphie #shodoworkshop #kalligraphieworkshop #freiburg #basel #kalligraphie #rietakeda #mindfulnesstraining #achtsamkeittraining #brushmeditations #meditation

Happy Practice!

Arigato,

Rie

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

MY INSTAGRAM ⬇️

https://instagram.com/p/BkNH2PkFquk/

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….

フランスの大自然でキャンプをしながらゆっくり静寂を愉ししんだコンパクトな写経セット。

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

Happy Practice!

Rie

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

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

Workshop in Bad Säckingen

Thank you to all those who took part in the Workshop in Bad Säckingen.

Great to see the familiar faces again after a long winter break and some new faces!

Compliment on your mindfulness!

Well done!!

Next Workshop in Bad Säckingen is on Sunday, the 8th. April.

Come and join if you live in the Basel area!!

The theme here was ” Cranes/ Tsuru ”

The cranes symbolize a long lasting love, relationship, good luck, a long life.

The text was ” Tsuru Ten ” : crane-sky

The Kanji 鶴 has 21 strokes and a complex composition with some major techniques.

天 has two side brushings and both Harai techniques. Relatively it has a simple straightforward balance line. One of the perfect Kanjis for the beginner to practise.

As we practise with one themed text here in the Bad Säckingen course, I suggested that a few new comers should concentrate on only 天 and those basic important techniques of the Kanji.

And

All did fantastic Shodo!

Link to my Instagram :

Happy Practice!

Arigato,

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

Distance learning

I would always recommend you all to learn Shodo with a qualified calligraphy teacher. Even if each teacher has a different way of teaching, it is far better than learning at home alone with books and a youtube channel.

If you haven’t got any teacher near by,  it is worth finding a good teacher and travel to learn the techniques every few months preferably.

The calligraphy books and the youtube channel are only supplying extra information to compare and provide possible input into your learning process.

I find it is a pity and heart breaking when an enthusiastic person tries to learn Shodo for a while by oneself – and sadly all what he/she did was just wrong movement. 

One can not learn the art of Shodo by your self at all. You could maintenance it once you buid a solid foundation but not start it from scratch just like other Do-Art (Judo,  Karatedo, Sado,  Kado..). It is not possible because one needs to see the hands on guidance and practise it together in a specific process to complete the stage.

The way of doing basic techniques you learned from your teacher should always remain the same. Otherwise it would become terribly confusing if you pick up other ways of doing a particular technique.

Zen text working progress from Michael’san

I have some students around Europe who come and learn in some intensitive private sessions or workshops a few times a year. (at least once a year) They are from all levels like beginners to the master class and have various backgrounds and professions.  Surprisingly they all keep up their skills and keep brushing up new techniques everytime I see them.

I am more and more convinced that my original method is working for many – including some Japanese students young to senior.  

And I am constantly discovering new elements in the art of Shodo as well as the way of teaching.

These are from one of my distance learners, Marco-san in the U.K. – Seishos are corrected and feedback is given. 

If you live in Germany, France or Switzerland- U.K., Europe, you are always welcome to learn through my method and later you could continue your practice by distance learning.

Happy Practice!

Arigato,  Rie

One of snaps from my Instagram:

Instagram link

www.shodocalligraphy.com

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

SHODO course in Basel

I give a Shodo course in Basel since this September. 

It has been great to see these beautiful participants making lots of progress and challenging their mindfulness process every time. 

Compliment on their calligraphy pieces and the “shou-nen 正念” right mindfulness!

Next lesson is on the 5th. December.

And I do love Basel! – Full of “Arts” and inspiration..

The atelier is just in front of Museum of Contemporary Art in St. Alban Rheinweg!

More info : Calligraphy course in Basel 

Happy Practice!

Arigato, 

Rie

www.shodocalligraphy.com

Next Workshop in Freiburg, Germany

When; Sunday, 12. November, 13.00 ~ 16.00
Where; Haus Diva, Lise-Meitner-Strasse 12
D79100, Freiburg- Vauban

Level; From beginners to professionals

Fee; 45€ / all materials and texts included,  calligraphy tools provided

I would like to inform you that the next calligraphy workshop in Freiburg is on Sunday, the 12th. November starting at 13.00.

We will this time practise beautiful frost theme texts in many different calligraphy styles.

The workshop is designed for a small group of people (max.8) and for 8all levels including some professional needs too.

The beginners are always welcome!

  • If you would like to sign in,  please send me a mail on: shodokurs@gmx.de

         www.shodocalligraphy.com

Looking forward to seeing you on Sunday!!

Happy Practice!

Arigato!

Rie