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.
I hope you are enjoying the beautiful advent time!
All Shodo workshops are done for this year.
Lots of frosty-winter calligraphy texts.
Otehon texts for December workshop in Freiburg
Thank you for attending the workshops here in Freiburg and also in Bad Säckingen.
Compliment on your mindfulness process!
From the last workshop in Bad Säckingen
Otehon: Fuyu no Tomoshibi
From the latest workshop in Freiburg
冬 : Kanji / ふゆ : Hiragana /フユ : Katakana
•Meaning : Winter, Winter season
•Pronunciations : Fuyu, Tou
•Etymology : ending + ice
冬 ; means the end of four seasons, the time when things get frozen.
冬山 / 冬月 / 冬天 / 冬至 / 冬眠
Morning calligraphy ( 朝書道 )
– Violet, Purple
– Murasaki, Shi / むらさき、シ
In three calligraphy styles
Sosho ⬅️ Gyosho ⬅️ Kaisho
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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.
The New Autumn issue of “moment by moment” magazine is out now!
The theme is – Meditation-
I did the calligraphy piece for ” HISHIRYO / non-thinking ”
– the article by Gert Scobel.
( And the logo for the magazine cover )
I would like to post more about
” HISHIRYO 非思量” later this week!
#dalailama #shunryusuzuki #gertscobel
#momentbymoment #achtsamkeit #mindfulness #meditation #hishiryo #zen #dogen #buddism #beginnersmind #rietakeda #japanesecalligraphy
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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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….
#shodo #japanesecalligraphy #shakyou #heartsutra #calligraphyfortravel #rietakeda
Thank you so much everyone who came to the workshop today!
Big compliment to you all.
You did it so beautifully and such deep mindfulness process！
Next workshop is 17.June.
#shodoworkshop #shodo #calligraphyworkshop #freiburg #kalligraphieworkshop #rietakeda
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”
Hope you are enjoying the Easter season.
Here is another Sanshotai snap from this morning.
Have you seen the cherry blossom yet?!
– To Visit
– Otozu_retu, Tazu_neru, Hou
In Sanshotai three calligraphy styles
Sosho ⬅️Gyosho ⬅️Kaisho
: 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.
Morning calligraphy in the Black Forest!
Happy Easter everyone!!
– Tamago, Ran
In three calligraphy styles #sanshotai
#rietakeda #schoolofshodo #neojaponism
Sosho⬅️ Gyosho ⬅️Kaisho
Thank you to all those who took part in the Workshop in Bad Säckingen.
Great to see the familiar faces again after a long winter break and some new faces!
Compliment on your mindfulness!
Next Workshop in Bad Säckingen is on Sunday, the 8th. April.
Come and join if you live in the Basel area!!
The theme here was ” Cranes/ Tsuru ”
The cranes symbolize a long lasting love, relationship, good luck, a long life.
The text was ” Tsuru Ten ” : crane-sky
The Kanji 鶴 has 21 strokes and a complex composition with some major techniques.
天 has two side brushings and both Harai techniques. Relatively it has a simple straightforward balance line. One of the perfect Kanjis for the beginner to practise.
As we practise with one themed text here in the Bad Säckingen course, I suggested that a few new comers should concentrate on only 天 and those basic important techniques of the Kanji.
All did fantastic Shodo!
Link to my Instagram :
I wish you all a wonderful new year 2018!!
It is the year of the ” Dog ” in zodiac calendar.
Let’s hope the year of the dog will bring us some Harmony and Peace.
Above; Dog (zodiac) in Gyosho style
Above; Video ” Dog ” in Gyosho style
Happy New Year Practice!
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!!
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 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.