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

MA : 間 Pause

Hello – Konnichiwa everyone,
Today I’d like to share one of the essential concept, called ‘MA’.

Ma in light
[
] ま、あいだ、カン、ケン
: Ma, Aida, Kan, Ken
: Pause, while, time, interval, stillness, space, chamber, room, leisure, chance, entr’acte

And ‘Ma’ in three calligraphy styles here↓

Ma Sanshotai in light
Sosho⬅️Gyosho⬅️Kaisho

Ma in action

About MA :
important concept of Japanese art and culture – the inner pause, the fulfilling emptiness, the bonding silence.
MA between/with time, space, humans, body, mind, soul…

In the last months, I’ve been additionally re-filtering and questioning lots more about the
MA– between/with materials, nature, economy, spirit..

Ma Sanshotai in stripes
「間/ま」

日本の武道、芸術、音楽、文化と深い関わりを持つ間/まという要素。

時間の間/ま、空間の間/ま、人との間/ま、体の間/ま、心との間/ま、魂の間/

すべての「間/ま」の程よいバランスが成り立って初めて、私たちは豊かに生きる気と力をもらっているのかもしれない。この数ヶ月、物質、自然、経済、社会、精神の性質との「間/ま」についてあらためて問い、考えさせられる。

Ma Kanwajiten


Happy Practice!
Rie-stamp-web
Arigato, Rie

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2020©︎Rie Takeda

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
LIMITED EDITION is available at the moment at the Sway Gallery, London till 18th March

http://london.sway-gallery.com/

70-72 OLD STREET,

LONDON EC1V 9AN

+44 (0)20-7253-5851

Happy Practice!

Arigato,

Rie

Exhibition in London

I am back in London for my solo exhibition at the Sway Gallery!

If you are based in London/UK,

Please come and visit!

The show goes till the 18th March.

A short film “visual calligraphy” is shown at the exhibition.

•video teaser;

Happy Practice!

Arigato,

Rie

酉年 2017 from the Monkey to the Rooster

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!

ARIGATO!