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 ….
“Aka-i-kin-gyo (Jap) ~ Red goldfish”
*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.
I was invited to do some street-calligraphy action at the Street-Art in Bad Krozingen, Germany.
I did a huge Kanji” in 3mx3m.
That what we all need right now….
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Here is another Sanshotai (three calligraphy styles) from my morning calligraphy routine.
– Mizuumi, Ko
Sosho ⬅ Gyosho ⬅ Kaisho
The image is from my Instagram account; https://www.instagram.com/p/BV7AnaTHW_7/
I found this beautiful vintage Kimono fabric from my grandmother’s Kimono box. A little fresh breeze for your hot day.
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
*Michi~ The way, the path
-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^)
Here comes another Sanshotai for the spring season.
– Saku, Saku
– Bloom, Blossom
In three calligraphy styles, Sanshotai.
Sosho⬅ Gyosho ⬅Kaisho
Otehon for early spring….
” Koharu ” in Kaisho style
*Haru : spring
➡early spring, the beginning of spring
*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.
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.
I would like to say…
Thank you to everyone who attended the workshop in Freiburg.
Compliment on your beautiful mindfulness!!
Excellent works –
Next workshop in Freiburg is on Sunday the 19th. March.
Three expressions of
“I LOVE YOU~ Aishiteru”
From the right hand side ;
– Kanji and Hiragana
Happy Valentine’s Day!!
Loads of Love,
Another Sanshotai from my morning calligraphy routine.
– Good, Joy, Luck
It shows three basic calligraphy styles and the development of this Kanji,
Kaisho➡ Gyosho➡ Sosho
from the right hand side.
Do you enjoy watching the winter stars?!
I love the winter stars..they look bright, clear and so beautiful.
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)”
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
-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.
*Above: A Kanji ” Star ” in Sanshotai.
One of my Sanshotai collections.
; Red-crowned cranes
In three calligraphy styles.
Some call them as Japanese Cranes.
long love, long relationship, good luck, beauty, hopes.
Red-crowned cranes are one of the most loved and respected animals in Japan.
Thank you to everyone who participated the workshop on last Sunday despite the icey weather!
All did excellent brush movements and surely beautiful mindfulness-process.
The next workshop in Freiburg is on Sunday the 19th. February.
I will post those calligraphy texts one by one as O-tehon soon.
From one of my brush meditations.
Morning calligraphy with Sanshotai, three calligraphy styles.
– Yuki, Setsu
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.
How did you start your 2017?!
The year of Monkey was a quite restless and messy one, loads of changes happened in the world – around us.
Let us hope that the kind Roosters will bring us some peace and harmony.
This year, the Chinese zodiac new year starts on the 28th. Jan.
The Sylvester is on Friday the 27th.
I give myself a second chance to start the year this week, so I could property leave some monkeys behind and welcome the Roosters….
I wish you all a healthy joyful year 2017!
The last workshop-style course was on last Sunday.
Thanks very much to everyone who took part in the workshop in Freiburg!!
All did beautiful works!!
Some managed to practise quite many texts, some focused on the specific techniques!!
Next workshop is on Sunday the 22nd.January in 2017.
The theme is ” KAKIZOME – New Year Calligraphy : The year of the Roosters”
I will bring some big calligraphy brushes so that people can try them out.
Believe me – it is always fun with a big brush!!
Despite the chilly frosty wind, all came to “calligraphy-ing” yesterday!
Thanks very much to everyone who attended the workshop.
All did wonderful practice!
I am very glad to get to know and to teach such mindfulness people!
Next workshop is on Sunday, the 4th. December. With the theme ” Winter & for Christmas cards”
Calligraphy texts will be all winter-feeling inspired. Besides our calligraphy practice, I will provide a pair of blank cards. So if you want, you can either do calligraphy on the cards, or fix an extra calligraphy paper on- as you get inspired towards the end of the workshop. It would be an unique card for Christmas.
For sign up, please send me a direct mail.
Here is the link to my instagram; https://www.instagram.com/p/BMzpl5-grz8/