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 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.
Here is another Sanshotai (three calligraphy styles) from my morning calligraphy routine.
– Mizuumi, Ko
Sosho ⬅ Gyosho ⬅ Kaisho
The image is from my Instagram account; https://www.instagram.com/p/BV7AnaTHW_7/
I found this beautiful vintage Kimono fabric from my grandmother’s Kimono box. A little fresh breeze for your hot day.
Finally, the summer heat pops up!
I post the Otehon text which has the technique of SHINNYO”. It is not an easy technique to practise, but a very important one to learn in the art of Shodo and in the Do-Art.
This Otehon text is prepared for the beginners who already practised some Kanji texts and for the first time to practise “Do-Michi-道”
Yama Michi”- can be read as San Do”.
: Mountain path
*Michi~ The way, the path
-Big or medium size brush, both hard or soft.
-山: A combination of the side and the direct brushing techniques. A very strong corner technique. The dominant middlebalance. Rather thick and big.
– 道:1 x rectangular box + 1x”L” shaped composition. The key practice is a long flat MIGI HARAI(RIGHT SLUDE-OUT) in the Shinnyou radical. Always keep the brush upright. Concentrate on lifting the Qi energy up through your belly button. The extra “S” movement practice can be very effective.
-“SHINNYOU” in Michi/Do is one of the essential techniques in Shodo. Always ask your teacher again and again till you get the right brush movement and understand the correct energy shifting in this technique.
-Related textes : 書道 shodo、 華道 kado、 茶道 sado、 柔道 judo、合気道 aikido、剣道 kendo、空手道 karatedo…
-The “up and down practice” as a warming-up exercise is recommended specially for the vertical energy movement.
– Relax your shoulders and neck area.( as always^)
Here comes another Sanshotai for the spring season.
– Saku, Saku
– Bloom, Blossom
In three calligraphy styles, Sanshotai.
Sosho⬅ Gyosho ⬅Kaisho
Otehon for early spring….
” Koharu ” in Kaisho style
*Haru : spring
➡early spring, the beginning of spring
*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.
I am just introducing the Shakyou 写経calligraphy with the Heart Sutra (Hannya-Shingyo) to the advanced students.
They are doing very well!! Despite the tiny Shakyou brush….
Once one gets used to it, the brush movement would become lighter and smoother – and eventually you would feel very meditative just like hearing the hymn of Heart Sutra.
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.
Another Sanshotai from my morning calligraphy routine.
– Good, Joy, Luck
It shows three basic calligraphy styles and the development of this Kanji,
Kaisho➡ Gyosho➡ Sosho
from the right hand side.
Do you enjoy watching the winter stars?!
I love the winter stars..they look bright, clear and so beautiful.
This Otehon is perfect for our cold icey evenings.
The text is called; “Fuyu no Ryuusei”
The direct translation is like..
“A shooting satr in winter (sky)”
This Otehon consists of four letters.
1.冬 Kanji ~fuyu, Winter
2.の Hiragana ~ particle between two nouns
3.流 Kanji ~ Ryuu, to flow
4.星 Kanji ~ Sei/ Hoshi, Star(s)
*流星 ~ Ryuusei, a shooting star
-for the beginner to intermediate level
-using medium/large brush, can be both hard or soft haired
-if you are beginner, make sure you practised already jumping, corner, slide-out techniques at least a few hours.
*Above: A Kanji ” Star ” in Sanshotai.
One of my Sanshotai collections.
; Red-crowned cranes
In three calligraphy styles.
Some call them as Japanese Cranes.
long love, long relationship, good luck, beauty, hopes.
Red-crowned cranes are one of the most loved and respected animals in Japan.
Thank you to everyone who participated the workshop on last Sunday despite the icey weather!
All did excellent brush movements and surely beautiful mindfulness-process.
The next workshop in Freiburg is on Sunday the 19th. February.
I will post those calligraphy texts one by one as O-tehon soon.
From one of my brush meditations.
Morning calligraphy with Sanshotai, three calligraphy styles.
– Yuki, Setsu
I first prepared three calligraphy texts for Kakizome, the new year’s calligraphy. And one Sumi-calligraphy for the Rooster year!!
“Tori doshi 酉年”: the year of Rooster.
“Toridoshi” in Kanji.
Top one: Rooster, below: Year
This Kanji Rooster, only used for zodiac calendar.
“Toridoshi” in Hiragana
The Kanji, Tori.
The text for kid’s calligraphy class.
“Tori 鳥”in Sumie-calligraphy style.
This Kanji literaturely means bird.
The new year calligraphy is always quite playful. To begin with, we talk about our Christmas holiday how it was, with a cup of green tea. And warming-up, practise practice and practise…
At the end of lesson, I ask students what their new year’s theme/resolution is and let them pick a word that describes the theme, like “peace”or “stress-free” and so on… And I translate the word into Japanese and pick a best matched Kanji for the word.
Student then calligraph-s the name, date and the Kanji on the best Seisho piece at the end.
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!
SHODO Calligraphy Workshop
in Bad Säckingen, Germany on Sunday, 29.MAY.2016
Theme : ” The lime green hill “ 新緑の丘
Experience in Japanese calligraphy is not necessary. Each participant for the beginners to advanced level can discover and experience the essence of Shodo the art of Japanese calligraphy.
The Participants can learn to focuses on bringing the balance of mind and body together as well as a one’s individual mindfulness process by specially designed practices. So students can learn little by little how to concentrate on their own Qi flow, conduct and apply it with brush and ink onto the paper.
♧ Teacher: Rie Takeda
♧ Date: Sunday, 29.MAY.2016
♧ Time: 16:00 to 19:00 (with a tea break)
♧ Fee: 18,-Euro (Student: 15,-Euro) per afternoon
♧ Materials and Texts: all inclusive and prepared
♧ Maximal: 12 Personen
♧ Beginner to Advanced level
♧ Language: German, English or Japanese
♧ Place: Haus Fischerzunft, Fischergasse 12, 79713, Bad Säckingen * see the map below↓
♧ Please sign up for a workshop place under firstname.lastname@example.org
or Tel.07761-55 38 502
♧ Rie Takeda’s calligraphy Web : www.shodokalligraphie.com
Neo-Japonism Web : www.neo-japonism.com
♧ Rie Takeda’s concept of teaching SHODO calligraphy is focused on:
- mind and body connection
- discovering individual inner quality and peace
- “hands-on” guidance
- inner balance
- “Here and Now” momentum flow
- mindfulness process
- de-stressing the body tension
- conscious breathing
- raising Qi(energy) flow and awareness
Planed workshops on Sundays 2016 :
♧Please sign up for the workshop under email@example.com
Fischergasse 12, 79713, Bad Säckingen
For learning and practising SHODO,
being able to see the “CHUSHIN” – the middle point becomes quite essential.
The way of spacing and placing the characters does not sound so complicated – but
it takes many on going years to master the art of balancing,
the art of seeing the middle and the aesthetic of space.
Here I introduce the best way to train our eyes and also practice the sense of space.
This can be used for two and four character-texts.
You can only lightly fold the paper, it does not need to be too exact or tight.
I would suggest to fold the paper like below even from the warm-up practice.
And here is for 5-6 character-texts
Autumn seems to me … a beautiful season for practicing calligraphy and being mindful.
I am doing a lot of calligraphy-ing in early morning lately and I am still loving it! Never ending story! It nourishes me so much and creates inner peace.
…Stillness, solitude, a little nostalgia, a warm candle light and incense make my day.
Transparent calm mind,
free from thoughts and disturbances.
It means our infinite worthful
human life – activity itself.
Ink on paper, 40x40cm, 2010