Thank you for coming to the last Shodo workshop of the year in Basel(CH) /Bad Saeckingen (DE) area.
Our Shodo text was ;
“EIYA 永夜 “means long nights symbolizing the winter nights.
It can be read “nagai yoru”
•EI : 永 / eternity
•YA : 夜 / night(s)
”永“ is an extremely important Kanji character because it includes eight basic yet fundamental brush strokes for Kaisho/Block style – it called eight rules (八法)
Even if you are already intermediate level or advanced level practicing Gyosho style, winter season is a good time to reflect and review the basic strokes and techniques. You will see that each brush movement would become clearer and more developed after a few practices.
Here I put two images ; extra information about Kanjj science and background if you are interested.
From Winter to Spring!
Thank you to all who came to the Shodo workshop.
We had already beautiful spring texts.
Loads of -clear sky-sun lights-Peach festival- breath- heartfulness.
Compliment on your mindfulness process and high concentration!
I am happy to show you the art of Shodo.
A student of mine brought me some tasty Anpans from Hiro-Takahashi, Zürich-
Was all soooo yummy!
All wonderful works from the participants
And I would like to share some Winter snaps just to say “good bye” to the season.
❄️Calligraphy-ing on snow “with our finger-brushes.
It only lasts the moment…either way neither way.
I just can not help doing calligraphy on this beautiful paper like snow.
やっと降りてきた突然の雪。衝動を抑えきれず、冷たいとはわかってても 指で書かずにはいられない、、、 。
雪 YUKI/Snow in Kanji
ゆき YUKI/Snow in Hiragana
ユキ YUKI/Snow in Katakana
Happy spring practice!
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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.
Thank you very much for your support this year!
The end of year is the busiest season in Japan just like pre-Christmas time in Europe.
The actual 31st December is called OMISOKA 大晦日.
In order to welcome the new year with a transparent fresh mind, families come together to clean up the house clearing the dirt of the old year.
Normally it becomes so quiet and empty in the cities as many go back to their home town during this time.
Here is the perfect text to finish off the year!
; New Year’s Eve, end of year
年 Toshi ：year, season, years
越しKoshi : to transit, go over
Good bye the year of the Dog!!
Enjoy the last hours of 2018!
Calligraphy ” Tomoshibi ” by Rie Takeda
Thank you very much for attending the workshop on Sunday.
I do appreciate your effort to learn the art of Japanese calligraphy with such opened mind!
All of you did very well – compliment on your full concentration and mindfulness process. Great job!
Calligraphy display from workshop participants 21.10.2018
We had lots of (high) Autumn Otehon texts, mainly with the ” fire 火 ” element and yes, sure some ” misty fog / Kiri 霧 ” and ” maple tree / Kaede 楓 ”
Autumn / AKI 秋
Lantern light / Tomoshibi 灯
The illustration shows the pictographically developed composition.
Rice plant(s) + Fire = Autumn 秋
Tomoshibi in Sanshotai : Link
The next workshop in Freiburg is on Sunday 18th November. It is at the moment fully booked, but one can be on the waiting list.
The November workshop will be the last one for this year. Then we will start again in the New Year 2019 on 20th January.
Meanwhile I hope you all will enjoy your Shodo practice in this beautiful season.
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.
The next date is 21st. October.
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Another further development with Kanjis.
” Tracing the energy flow ”
We went to the huge garden and searched natural elements in order to create a trace- brush.
So many brushes are made –
We were tracing
the energy traces….
I am so inspired by these creative process!
Thank you to everyone whose who came to the workshop on Sunday in Bad Säckingen!
All learned and practiced wonderfully.
The theme was “ when a flower blossoms “
: hana sa ku toki
One of the participants Elke-san brought her beautiful photos. Sakura pics from Kyoto – and rare Atsumorisou orchid pics from Rebun island in Hokkaido.
Next date in Bad Säckingen is 13. May.
Enjoy the blooming time”
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
-霜 shimo : Frost
-柱 bashira : Column, Pillar
-Level: beginner to intermediate
-Brush size: medium to big, for both hard and soft haired
– 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”
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
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: email@example.com
Looking forward to seeing you on Sunday!!
When; Sunday, 15. October, 13.00 ~ 16.00
Where; Haus Diva, Vauban in Freiburg.
Level; From beginners to professionals
Fee; 45 euro ~All materials included, tools provided.
I would like to inform you that the next calligraphy workshop in Freiburg is on Sunday, the 15th. October starting at 13.00.
We will practise beautiful Autumn theme texts in many different calligraphy styles.
The workshop is designed for a small group of people (max.8) and for all levels including some professional needs too.
The beginners are more than welcome!!
If you would like to sign in, please send me a mail on ; shodokurs@gmx.