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 .
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, 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.
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.
One of my morning calligraphy routines.
-Ki, Kou, Ou
In three calligraphy styles, called Sanshotai.
Linked from my instagram
Let us please still…enjoy the last yellow leaves and forests before the wintery wind takes over.
Lit the candles and put your favourite incense on, and have a mindful calligraphy practice!