My present calligraphy teacher often says to us during her class something like “when you teach calligraphy…”. However, I don’t feel much interest in teaching. Having said that, because I define my ultimate goal as “to spread this art and culture called calligraphy to the whole world”, I think I need to be prepared for the day when someone comes to me asking to teach them calligraphy. So, the photo shows my examples for beginners to practice.
I posted photos of my teacher’s models of tasks for a test of teacher’s qualification that my teacher gave me about forty years ago and my present results practicing them. They were of print style and semi-cursive style. Now the photo here are my present results practicing with my teacher’s models of cursive style and kana, Japanese phonogram. I have identified myself as a qualified teacher of the school established by my teacher for more than forty years and now after those many years, I can’t help but wonder what level of calligraphy I handed in and got this qualification at the time.
This is a seasonal phrase for this time of year, “Wagtails sing their first songs.” As I live quite near Tadasu no Mori Forest, I am certain that I have actually seen the bird and heard its singing. However, to my regret, I can’t identify the variety of the bird the phrase mentions.
“Lots of flowers blooming in profusion.” This piece is obviously for the spring season when a large variety of flowers bloom, and here comes the title “wrong season”. Same as always, I found it while cleaning my house. Now I just wonder for what purpose and in what manner I was going to use it.
“May the joy of calligraphy be in your daily life.” I once heard it was my teacher’s ideal of calligraphy, which made me continue practicing calligraphy for a long time, with an ultimate goal of spreading this art and culture to the whole world. However, recalling old days, I realized that one of his daughters told me about this principle but not directly from my teacher or his wife.