End of the rainy season; several days ago

This year’s very, tediously long rainy season finally ended.

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Then…the sunshine is too strong and glaring … and I found this haiku on the internet.

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However, what is more important here is this tanzaku (thin strip of paper for calligraphy) holder was a delightful birthday present from my good old friend from high school days.

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During the rainy season/

Through patch of blue sky/

Sunset glow was seen but soon disappeared/

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Translation and calligraphy by Chio

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Exhibit of 100 fans

I am happy to announce that I was allowed to participate in this amusing event.

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As I wrote before, I submitted two paper fans to be displayed there.

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The event will take place at the art gallery Hakuhou-doh in Okazaki, Kyoto.

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The exhibition will start on August 4th and end on August 28, with a break from 13ththrough 17th and the shop holiday is Monday.

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Happy encounters at the marché

Happy encounters at the marché

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Today was the third and last day of the marché and this time was my third participation in it,which was a greatly fruitful experience for me.

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Firstly, I met a sumié or ink-brush painting artist and had a really meaningful talk.

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And another oil painting artist who I met here at the marché venue sometime ago through a mysterious, inexplicable coincidence kindly gave me a profound and thought-provoking advice about how I should pursue my calligraphy in the days ahead.

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Now, I perfectly understand that it is up to me how I could embody his advice and improve the quality of my calligraphy.

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Now, looking back on the three days of the marché, I renewed my sense of gratitude toward the owner of the gallery for letting me participate in this meaningful event.

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Day 2 of the August marché

Today was the second day of the art marché for the month of August.

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One last day, tomorrow, August 2nd is left.

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The venue the art gallery Hakuhou-doh is located right in the central part of the cultural district of Kyoto, that is, Okazaki district where you will find the Heian Jingu Shrine and many museums of various genres quite near it.

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You will enjoy, I am certain, seeing not only the different fields of art displayed at one place but the beautiful cultural district of my hometown if you only come to this marché.

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August marché begins

 

Today was the first day of the art marché for the month of August.

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It will be open for two more days, the last weekend of August at the art gallery Hakuhou-doh.

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If you have a chance to, just come to the marché and enjoy the various sorts of arts.

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Arrangement for the August marché

I am feeling very happy about the idea of going to the venue of the art marché to arrange my corner.

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The marché this time will be from July 31 to August 2 at the art gallery Hakuhou-doh.

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I am going to exhibit this madder colored folding fan with dragonfly and scroll patterns and my calligraphy “autumn breeze”.

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Minimalism

What I have been trying to get these several months is “simple life” or “minimalistic way of life”, which is extremely difficult to actually perform at least for me.

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To realize above goal, I have been trying to do away with many things in my house, including my calligraphic works from my past exhibits.

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The photo shows, for instance, a small memory of the exhibition I held years ago, which I think, will not be necessary in my present life.

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Happy surprise from the past

This simply framed piece that I had completely forgot came out suddenly while I was trying to tidy up my messy house.

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Then I gradually remembered that I was happy to see these results of my copying practice of my teacher’s works and asked the paperhanger to simply frame them.

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These are “what is pitiable is like a flower and the moon” and “let us bloom our flowers”.

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Eye of the mind

If you have this, anything and everything is visible and clear to you.

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My first calligraphy teacher’s wife always looked beyond people’s exterior and saw into their hearts.

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She has been a target of all my admiration even now.

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Do you have that kind of secret idol?

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If you do, I think you are lucky.

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Copying practice

I am fully aware that in this tough period, I should be quietly staying home and single-mindedly practicing calligraphy.

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However, it is just very difficult to stay focused long.

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I practiced copying a model that my first teacher gave me many years ago.

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Stepping on a puddle/

I used grass to dry my feet/

Oh, summer fields/

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Translation and calligraphy by Chio

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Announcement

It is a great pleasure for me to announce that I was allowed to participate in this fun event.

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It will be from July 31 to August 2 at the art gallery Hakuhou-doh.

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Unlimited possibilities

Unlimited possibilities are smiling at me (us, everyone)/waiting for me (us, everyone).

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This is my authentic feeling.

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If the world is to change, it should provide a different set of potentials.

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