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

 

 

 

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

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.

モーメントバイモーメントの最新号に嬉しくも私の書道メソッドなどを取り上げていただきました。

この号のテーマは“心、Herz, Heart”

編集、写真、グラフィック、オーガナイズに関わりサポートしてくれた皆さんに感謝です!

キオスクや本屋さんで購入可能です。

*https://www.facebook.com/momentbymoment.magazin/

*moment by moment Ausgabe4/2018

http://www.moment-by-moment.de

Happy Practice!

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

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

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

www.shodocalligraphy.com

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

www.shodocalligraphy.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