The year of the Boar 2019

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.

Happy Practice!

Arigato!

Rie

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Workshop in May, Freiburg

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.

ARIGATO!

#shodoworkshop #shodo #calligraphyworkshop #freiburg #kalligraphieworkshop #rietakeda

Happy Practice!

ARIGATO

Workshop in Bad Säckingen

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!

Well done!!

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.

And

All did fantastic Shodo!

Link to my Instagram :

Happy Practice!

Arigato,

Rie

Workshop in Freiburg

Thank you to all who came to the workshop in March.

All did excellent calligraphy-hours!

Big compliment on your mindfulness and deep concentration! Well-done!

I am happy to meet such beautiful minded people and to show them the Art of Japanese Calligraphy.

ARIGATO!!

Next Workshop in Freiburg is on Sunday, the 22nd. April

No more winter texts for us! Spring is here!

Happy Practice!

Rie

Workshop on Sun.29.May

SHODO Calligraphy Workshop
in Bad Säckingen, Germany on Sunday, 29.MAY.2016

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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 info@djg-nagai-saeckingen.de
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 :
19.June
10.July
18.September
09.October
20.November

♧Please sign up for the workshop under info@djg-nagai-saeckingen.de 

or Tel 07761-55 38 502
Organized and sponsored by Deutsch-Japanische Gesellschaft Freundeskreis Nagai
www.djg-nagai-saeckingen.de
MAP
Fischergasse 12, 79713, Bad Säckingen
 

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OTEHON Text: Three Styles

It is still chilly outside and we had some snow this morning!
The Sakura is just coming to us soon… but shall we finish this cold wind off with the three Shotai-practice?!

This is the text to practise 3 calligraphy styles and learn about the style development of the Kanji characters.
I would recommend it is suitable for colder seasons.
It is great for the advanced learners.
For the upper-intermediate students, please practise only two styles: Kaisho and Gyosho. You can use a medium sized brush as well as a bigger one.
Please always start to practise from the Kaisho, Gyosho and to the Sousho.

Harder haired brush is suitable.
Papers : a whole Hanshi or a half sized Hanshi
Time: please take 30min-40 min longer than usual Text


 

“SEI SOU SHIZUKANI SHO WO HIMOTOKU”

晴窓 静かに 書を 繙く

(せいそう しずかに しょを ひもとく)

訳>晴るき明るき窓の下に心静かに読書する

Reading the pages

Quietly peacefully

At the sunny bright window

 

 

晴窓静繙書せいそうしずかにしょをひもとくweb

*From the left: Sosho-Gyosho-Kaisho

 

Happy Practice!!

Arigato.

Rie stamp

Calligraphy Text : TOMODACHI / FRIEND

OTEHON Text : “TOMODACHI” (Friend)

This is prepared for the beginners class and kid’s class for the third grade 7-8 year-old. The meaning is friend or friends.

TOMO: Kanji

DA: Hiragana

CHI: HIragana

友 : Tomo / YU

  1. friend, friends
  2. to be together, to meet spend time together as friend
  3. harmonious brothers/ sisters
  4. harmonious relationship, to work together

Origin: the shape of two hands describes giving both hands and helping each other.

→friend(s) who shares the same truth and values.

 

2010 01学生-友だち

Tip:

Please make sure you practice each Harai techniques correctly.

For Tomo, always check the middle line and the whole balance.

For Hiraganas, try to bring the crossing point at the middle of the second line.

You can write your name/calligraphy name in the middle of the empty space.

 

Happy Practice!

Arigato*

SHO Gallery “MU”

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.

MU72dpi

MU

Zenword

Transparent calm mind,

free from thoughts and disturbances.

It means our infinite worthful

human life – activity itself.

Ink on paper, 40x40cm, 2010

Rie Takeda

♧Student’s album: Thomas’s Hitsujigumo (Gyousho) in process

I would like to share one of my Shodo students Thomas-san’s great progress & process on the text HITSUJIGUMI (sheep clouds).

His practice has been always a pleasure to look at and

he surely improves his skills every lesson with each text.
 

トーマス羊雲1  
The whole practice development from left to right – 

トーマス羊雲2
Brush warming up and
some special technical warm up exercises  for Gyousho practice 

トーマス羊雲3
Actual practice practice and practice…
focusing on detailed movement and spacing
トーマス羊雲4
preparation for SEISHO!
WELL DONE!!

YOKU DEKIMASHITA!
Excellent job!

Shodo Index : MIGI HARAI 右払い

MIGI HARAI – 右払い – Brush out ( Right)

This is one of the essential Shodo techniques – requires a Hands-On teaching with your teacher.I would recommend to practise this “right-brush out technique” after you feel comfortable with “left brush out technique”. They are more advanced and need more practice!

1. Nami-hou 波法

2.Taira-harai 平払い

右払いweb

First one practises No.1 and then moves on to No.2.
Please get supervised by a calligraphy teacher.
How to” will be added later!

San-Sho-Tai – 三書体

SAN-TAI-JI 三体字 / SAN-SHO-TAI 三書体 – 3 BASIC CALLIGRAPHY STYLES

They are three basic calligraphy styles which commonly used and practiced :

KAISHO 楷書- Block style (regular script / standard script)

GYOUSHO 行書- Semi cursive style

SOUSHO 草書- Cursive style

黄鳥話春深

         Sousho                Gyousho                   Kaisho


About the text

黄鳥 春を 話すること 深し

kouchou haru wo wasurukoto fukashi

Meaning:

鶯は窓外で終日呟いている

Bush warbler (Uguisu)has been singing all day outside the window.

Otehon: Calligraphy Text for February

〜 OTEHON  〜

Calligraphy text for the month of February :

5 Kanji characters in Kaisho-style

with small-medium brush.

( for – intermediate and upper intermediate students-)

Calligraphy text Feb.
Calligraphy text Feb.

「江梅帯雪香」

江梅雪を帯びて香ばし

KOUBAI YUKI WO OBITE KOUBASHI

(meaning)

川辺の梅の花は 雪をおびて 香りを 放っている

Plum flowers at the river covered with a belt of snow,

spreading over their spring fragrance.

About Me

Artist and experienced teacher

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Let me introduce myself.

I was born in Hokkaido, Japan, and brought up there.
I started practising Shodo at the age of five under
the creative supervision of my grandmother, a distinguished
“GAYU” calligrapher.Later I began to take lessons at a Gayu calligraphy school.
It laid a solid foundation not only for my development of the various layers of calligraphy technique and skills
but also for the SUMIE technique in calligraphic design.During my student years, I volunteered and assisted calligraphy classes for children in Japan and London.
Since 2000 I work as a freelance artist and a professional calligrapher in Europe and Japan.
Besides creating various media of calligraphy works and Neo-Japonism art,
I give courses and workshops on “SHODO-the art of traditional Japanese calligraphy” in Europe since 2002.
Yes, my passion for learning and teaching SHODO and the interest in developing the effective method of teaching this beautiful form of art has always been expanding.

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