月別アーカイブ: 12月 2019

YouTube channel

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I posted a new video on my YouTube channel (chio_art).

Check this and enjoy my calligraphy!

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These letters are “flower” and “smile”, both of which are just my favorite ones.  As the letter “flower” here is in the cursive style, some of you may not recognize it.  As for me, I love this letter in any styles!

 

Another interesting point, I think, is “flower smiles” means “flower blooms”.  In other words, the letters “smile” and “bloom” are considered to be the “same”, so to speak.

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Sasanqua blossoms

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Today is my father’s death anniversary after six years of his passing.

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Remember my late father/

Color of sasanqua petals deepens/

Year after year/

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I remember the mortician collecting sasanqua blossoms from the tree in our garden and putting them in my father’s coffin.

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First-rate teacher and an artist’s happiness

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I wrote here the other day that I sent two pieces of calligraphy work by request from a teacher in Poznań, Poland who I met on the occasion of TRZY RZEKI 2017 KYOTO POZNAN.

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As I wrote before she is an excellent teacher who spares no pains in her career from the stage of preparing for her classes and moreover, she is always looking for good materials to induce interests of her students in every aspect of the world.  As I myself used to be a teacher, I am fully aware that those traits show what a good teacher she is.

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Again as I wrote before, she used my works in her class about 80-year anniversary of the outbreak of World War II.  To my pleasant surprise and great happiness and honor, I learned later that she even announced to her students’ parents that calligraphy works from Japan would be displayed in her class and that the parents also could come and see my works if they liked.

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I don’t think she did that only for my happiness but it gave me such a great delight as an artist.  The more people see my calligraphy, the bigger my happiness grows.

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Later, she even chose “Japan” as a topic to be discussed in her class where she displayed my works again.  I can’t think of proper words to express how thankful I am to her.

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The photos show how she presented my works in her classroom.

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Initial letter

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The photo shows a letter “road” or “way” 道.  It is part of the copying practice of the original by Yan Zhenqing 顔真卿in the last practice session.  My teacher told me I did a good job, which made me very happy.

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The letter happened to be the first one of the name of my longtime, good friend.

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Now I am thinking of sending it to her.  Will she be glad to receive it?

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YouTube channel

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I posted the tenth video on my YouTube channel (chio_art).

Check this and enjoy my calligraphy!

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The letter is “NEW”.  Japan adopted a new era name in May this year as the new Emperor took the throne.

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I chose this letter because I want to transform into a new self just as my own country did.

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Moreover, I thought each routine of using the utensils may look interesting if you take an interest in Japanese style calligraphy.

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Dreamland

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Dreamland

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For some reason or other … I dream quite often these days.

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However, those dreams that I don’t remember well in the morning are always very disorganized and confusing and don’t seem to make any sense.

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I wonder how I could perceive what they imply.

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Copying practice

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I did some copying practice of what my first calligraphy teacher, the late Mr. Akiyama Kodo (秋山公道) had left for the first time in a long time as I have been having hectic days.

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His style is very high-toned and I just wonder if I would reach that level during my lifetime.

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The content is an example of greeting words usually put at the first part of a letter.

“I went to Izu during winter break.  The sea was very beautiful.”

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YouTube channel

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I posted the ninth video on my YouTube channel (chio_art).

Check this and enjoy my calligraphy!  You will especially enjoy witnessing how letters appear from the ink, a brush and an artist’s arm.

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This is a passage from an old children’s song.  It describes a good old scene of a common household with a little girl waiting for the spring season to come at the end of winter.

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Although it is a little longer video compared with the others, I would very much like to ask you to see it till the end.  For, it shows you how small brush works.

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Delightful cake

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A very good, longtime friend of mine came to my house carrying a homemade cake with tasty jam inside that was made of the figs from the trees in her garden.

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Her kindness always helps me uplift my feelings in many ways.

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Now, I can’t wait to taste it with my mother.  It will certainly make us happy.  For, “homemade” usually means “it has so many fillings”, because prospect of profit doesn’t come to the cook’s mind.

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Winter morning

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Today falls on Dàxuě that is the 21st solar term out of 24 in the system.

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As I have lived very close to Shimogamo Shrine all my life and my house is almost inside the forest that surrounds the shrine, when I read this haiku for the first time, I thought it didn’t tell the truth.

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However, somehow I felt some moments of silence this morning.

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Oh, Dàxuě/

Even the crows don’t caw/

Shrine grove in the morning/

Translation and calligraphy by Chio

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I love taking calligraphy lessons!

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The task for today’s practice session was this.

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Our teacher told us to ask the visitors to our homes during the New Year period to write their names and messages in the blank space.

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And after that, she said it would make a heartwarming keepsake all through the year.

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YouTube channel

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I posted the eighth video on my YouTube channel (chio_art).

Check this and enjoy my calligraphy!  Especially enjoy witnessing how letters appear from the ink, a brush and an artist’s arm.

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This is “air” and “dance”.

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“Just like dancing in the air” would be the highest compliment in the world of calligraphy where performance is THE MOST essential rather than displaying completed pieces as many people do just for the sake of convenience.

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If you only move your wrist, you will never obtain this praise.

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Your arm must be moving beautifully and elegantly for you to make a good calligrapher.

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