Scarlet

This is my version of “Scarlet by the Rolling Stones”.

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Now, looking back on my life so far, I am certain I have been pretty happy all my life.

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To begin with, only the presence of this band in my life was such a fortunate happening.  It brought in so much worthiness into my life.

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Wave from your mind

This is another copying practice I did from one of the models my first calligraphy teacher wrote for me decades ago.

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Some of the kana letters or Japanese phonogramic letters are obsolete at present.

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“Waves from your minds that once began moving will spread for eternity.”

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Only showing my desperate wish at the moment

This means “cool air begins to blow”, which is a segmentalized phrase for around the first week of August according to the ancient seasonal, solar terms.

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However, I am certain that no one will agree to this.  These days it is unbearably hot and humid here in Kyoto.

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I only wish it will come true soon.  I think this doubtfulness toward the term made me write twice.  I just hoped to express refreshing coolness.  I am not sure I was successful at that, though.

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End of the rainy season; several days ago

This year’s very, tediously long rainy season finally ended.

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Then…the sunshine is too strong and glaring … and I found this haiku on the internet.

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However, what is more important here is this tanzaku (thin strip of paper for calligraphy) holder was a delightful birthday present from my good old friend from high school days.

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During the rainy season/

Through patch of blue sky/

Sunset glow was seen but soon disappeared/

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Translation and calligraphy by Chio

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Exhibit of 100 fans

I am happy to announce that I was allowed to participate in this amusing event.

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As I wrote before, I submitted two paper fans to be displayed there.

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The event will take place at the art gallery Hakuhou-doh in Okazaki, Kyoto.

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The exhibition will start on August 4th and end on August 28, with a break from 13ththrough 17th and the shop holiday is Monday.

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Happy encounters at the marché

Happy encounters at the marché

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Today was the third and last day of the marché and this time was my third participation in it,which was a greatly fruitful experience for me.

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Firstly, I met a sumié or ink-brush painting artist and had a really meaningful talk.

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And another oil painting artist who I met here at the marché venue sometime ago through a mysterious, inexplicable coincidence kindly gave me a profound and thought-provoking advice about how I should pursue my calligraphy in the days ahead.

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Now, I perfectly understand that it is up to me how I could embody his advice and improve the quality of my calligraphy.

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Now, looking back on the three days of the marché, I renewed my sense of gratitude toward the owner of the gallery for letting me participate in this meaningful event.

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Day 2 of the August marché

Today was the second day of the art marché for the month of August.

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One last day, tomorrow, August 2nd is left.

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The venue the art gallery Hakuhou-doh is located right in the central part of the cultural district of Kyoto, that is, Okazaki district where you will find the Heian Jingu Shrine and many museums of various genres quite near it.

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You will enjoy, I am certain, seeing not only the different fields of art displayed at one place but the beautiful cultural district of my hometown if you only come to this marché.

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August marché begins

 

Today was the first day of the art marché for the month of August.

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It will be open for two more days, the last weekend of August at the art gallery Hakuhou-doh.

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If you have a chance to, just come to the marché and enjoy the various sorts of arts.

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Arrangement for the August marché

I am feeling very happy about the idea of going to the venue of the art marché to arrange my corner.

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The marché this time will be from July 31 to August 2 at the art gallery Hakuhou-doh.

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I am going to exhibit this madder colored folding fan with dragonfly and scroll patterns and my calligraphy “autumn breeze”.

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Minimalism

What I have been trying to get these several months is “simple life” or “minimalistic way of life”, which is extremely difficult to actually perform at least for me.

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To realize above goal, I have been trying to do away with many things in my house, including my calligraphic works from my past exhibits.

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The photo shows, for instance, a small memory of the exhibition I held years ago, which I think, will not be necessary in my present life.

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Happy surprise from the past

This simply framed piece that I had completely forgot came out suddenly while I was trying to tidy up my messy house.

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Then I gradually remembered that I was happy to see these results of my copying practice of my teacher’s works and asked the paperhanger to simply frame them.

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These are “what is pitiable is like a flower and the moon” and “let us bloom our flowers”.

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Tiny, little pleasures

I would like to propose these small items be used to decorate your living room, kitchen, entrance and other places in your house or apartment.

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These are “gracious rain” and “pleasant, refreshing”.

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If you get interested in these, please come visit the venue of the next month’s art marché at the art gallery Hakuhou-doh from Friday.

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