月別アーカイブ: 2月 2020

YouTube channel

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

Check this and enjoy seeing how characters are born out of an artist’s arm and a small brush!

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The video shows my piece of a tanka by Hakushū Kitahara.

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As a matter of fact, I chose this one two years ago for collaboration work with my late mother, when I asked her to write the last one letter, “FLOWER”.

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Those who saw her letter were all amazed at its dynamic touch.

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But here, please enjoy the movement of the small brush produced by my arm.

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R.I.P.

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My mother and I created four-parter works last year with her big letters of flower names and my haiku about those flowers.

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This “DAFFODIL” was the first one we did and our teacher suggested we do other flowers, as well.

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Then I got a hint from her comment and thought we would make works about flowers of the four seasons.

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Daffodils are/

Assertion that/

Pierces the frost/

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Huge work of art

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The other day, I enjoyed visiting an exhibition of a calligraphy group specializes in kana characters, or Japanese phonogram.  This style of calligraphy has a long history and many fans even today.

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Firstly, the scene of many pieces with a same kind of touch was “new” to me.  For, my teachers and fellow students quite naturally do both “kana” and “kanji” or Chinese characters calligraphy.

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However, I didn’t feel any monotonousness in the negative sense.

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Quite the contrary, the venue itself looked like one big piece of kana calligraphy art, with its refined, elegant atmosphere.

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One more thing that I have noticed there was the sincere effort to be good from both the teacher’s side and the students’ side.

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Now, I am looking forward to seeing the next exhibition of this group.

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Celebration

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This character is often used when celebrating weddings and longevity.

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However, I once heard it should accommodate to any kind of happy occasion, sort of an almighty character, if you will.

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I tried writing the letter on this little unusually shaped paper.

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I am going to attach this little piece to little presents to friends, wishing for their happiness.

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YouTube channel

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

Check this and enjoy seeing how characters are born!

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The video shows “New (Fresh)” and “Wind”.

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It has been pretty cold these couple of days in Kyoto.  However, the sunshine is obviously stronger and brighter, which makes me quite certain that spring is just around the corner.

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Start of the joyful season

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According to the old lunar calendar, yesterday marked the beginning of spring.

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“Start” “Spring” “Excellent” “Fortune”

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This phrase is a kind of a motto of that day and has been believed to work as a charm to drive away evils and bring in happiness.  I have once heard that people in ancient times sensed something auspicious because all the letters are bilaterally symmetrical.

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For copying practice, I picked four characters from a book of collection of various letters written by my first teacher, the late Mr. Akiyama Kodo (秋山公道).  That book was compiled in a dictionary format by my senior calligrapher at his school.

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Visiting shrines

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For some years now, I have been interested in visiting shrines at various occasions.

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Today it is Setsubun, the end of the winter according to the old lunar calendar, so I went to Yoshida Shrine, the most famous shrine in Kyoto regarding this occasion, where people say most elderly people in Kyoto gather for the occasion.

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Oh, birds chirp/

Shrine gave me the oracle/

Written on a pale-green paper/

Translation and calligraphy by Chio

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