Preparation completed

I was again allowed to take part in this exciting art marché.

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How things were arranged for the last time is shown here.

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And this time I did it this way.

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The event begins tomorrow and will finish on Sunday.

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If you get interested in my calligraphy, please come to the venue and see it yourselves!!

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Days of swamp lilies

Today falls on the 11th day from the summer solstice.  The subdivided solar term for this day and five days after that is “swamp lily”.

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They say these symbolic seasonal periods suggest what should be done in farming.

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I learned while surfing websites that in this case, it indicates rice planting should be done during the period from the summer solstice and this swamp lily day.

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Day of hard rain

It rained quite heavily almost all day today.

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Somehow rainy weather doesn’t bother me so much.  I like listening to the rain falling and smelling the rain.

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I love being/

In the midst of drenching rain/

Summer clothing/

Translation and calligraphy by Chio

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Letter for playing music

This letter means to play musical instruments.

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Impregnating the brush with plenty of water before writing makes me thrilled.

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Still, the brush soon gets dry.

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Gardenia flowers

 

I found gardenia flowers in my garden very beautiful after a rainy night and found this poem by a Japanese female poet and painter about 200 years ago.

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Long life

These are my old works which I happened to find while cleaning up my house.  The two letters are simply “long” and “life or to live”.

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I don’t remember exactly but I think it was a task for a practice session about ten years ago, when I haven’t given much thought about the phrase but just followed my teacher’s instruction.

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Now I think “long life” is a very important thing to people concerning what could be accomplished in life.

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Blossoming irises

This is one of the subdivided solar terms that represents the period around the last week of June with a beautiful image of the flower iris, an iconic flower of the rainy season.

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Learning the basics

Taking out a book of samples my first calligraphy teacher wrote for me, I did some copying practice.

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Once again, I realized how lucky I was to have met this great calligrapher.

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It is an example of a letter-writing, “I am finally beginning to enjoy writing with a brush these days”.

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My goal

One group, one member.

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I found this phrase when I was reading an essay on the internet.  I instantly thought it meant “one of a kind”.  Moreover, I felt the phrase was for me.

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My goal is to be called a one-of-a-kind calligrapher.

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Birthday gifts

This year, I had such a delightful birthday!

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I received a variety of gifts one after another.

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Besides, quite a few birthday wishes reached me on line, even from friends I hadn’t met for long.

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My calligraphy on a thick paper is “gift” in Chinese in both modern and ancient Chinese characters.

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Old memory

This photo of a small frame is from the exhibition held in July 2011 of the group named Yushokai that I headed in those days.

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Now I am remembering how I was happy to have many friends over at the venue.

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Although I don’t remember where I found this appealing phrase at the moment, I like to compliment myself for finding it.

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It roughly means “vivid colored beauty and transparent coolness”.

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Finding this photo, I renewed my interest in combining paper and cloth in calligraphic arts.

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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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