Summer solstice

It is the summer solstice today.  And as the name suggests, it is already sunny and hot. Moreover, it seems it will be hotter toward the midday.

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Pure white curtains/

Move to the morning wind/

Of the Midsummer Day/

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Translation and calligraphy by Chio

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Day 0

This is how things have been prepared and arranged.

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I am now looking forward to being the one of the main characters in this fun event.

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New tries of the old style

The photo shows my latest works on postcards.

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I tried again combination of ancient forms of Chinese characters and those used today, which has always been my favorite.

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I wish these small pieces would work to spread this art and culture to the world.

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I very much wish to see these unpretending works of arts affixed on the doors of refrigerators, on the walls of kitchens or living rooms in many homes in the world.

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Beginning of summer

Today marks the first day of the summer season according to the old calendar.

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The kana (Japanese alphabet) piece is a haiku.

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I hope this new season will give us energy.

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Transparent is/

The first star of the evening/

Summer begins/

Translation and calligraphy by Chio

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Symbol of the solar term of this season

“A caterpillar changes into a butterfly.”

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Ordinarily, it should be the most exciting, delightful season.  However, it has never been like that this year.

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As above, so below

I learned the phrase means what is happening above somewhat coincides with what is happening on the ground.

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一心万花 (one heart, ten thousand flowers) has been my favorite motif for my calligraphy for long.  However, I now am certain this new phrase will be another favorite one for me.

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Springtime

As today falls on Jingzhe, one of the solar terms, which is designated as the day of awakening of the hibernating insects, I searched and found this poem of springtime.

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Following is its rough meaning:

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“Spring breeze would not blow away my melancholy.  Longer spring days only deepen the grief in my heart.”

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As for its style, I followed an orthodox way of layout.

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Start of the joyful season

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

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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January 15

People have long celebrated the day, January 15 as a kind of second New Year Day, because according to the lunar calendar, it marks the first full moon after the New Year Day.

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The well-known shrine in my neighborhood provides rice porridge cooked with azuki beans every year.

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I got some for my mother who will turn 92 in summer, because the porridge is supposed and expected to bring good luck to the elderly.

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I wrote “avoiding disaster”, “inviting happiness”, “health” and “longevity” for her.

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New Year resolution

This is my New Year resolution this year in connection with the full moon.

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“Be full of eagerness and also pliability”

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Not yet begun

This was exhibited in the First Exhibition of Yushokai held in July 2011.

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For this piece, I quoted a passage from Ms. Yukari Ishii’s blog, which unfortunately she erased completely some time ago.  She is a super popular astrologist and writer and writes on many subjects other than horoscope reading.

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The passage can be roughly translated…

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“Misty kind of non-entity that might be going to be a river but forms nothing yet”

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In those days, I was into using very light colored ink.

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