Friend/friendship/友

I’d like to share an Otehon text TOMODACHI 友達: Friend/friendship.

This is a great text to practise various Harai techniques.

I know the SHINNYO radical is often a tricky one to practise for many learners. But trust me- More practise, better you get!

And it is such a beautiful movement your body would always remember!

My tip: please pay attention to the energy movement, specially “up-and-down” contrast in SHINNYO.

【友】 Tomo/ Yuu

Is developed from the pictograph of two hands: giving hands and helping each other, further developed into the meaning of sharing a same spirit/will.

Otehon : TOMODACHI
A snap from my workshop in July .

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

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 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