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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Day 1 of the postcard collection even

Day 1 of the postcard collection event

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The whole venue looked so cute and enjoyable.  Visitors were enjoying seeing the beautiful postcards and other goods.

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I wrote “May the delight of calligraphy be in your daily lives” on the signboards for my calligraphy.  The phrase was my late teacher’s motto for his life.  And now it is I that has been trying hard to realize the above motto.

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Also, I think I must write here that I am very grateful to the staffers of the event for displaying the paper fans with my calligraphy so gracefully and beautifully.  It made me realize that I still have a long way to go to learn how to present my calligraphic works.

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Birthday wishes and gifts

A very good friend of longtime from high school days sent me a big box of a variety of roll cakes.

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Now, as I am grateful to her I wrote 感謝 “sense of gratitude” to show thanks.

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The cakes are so cute, I couldn’t help decorating them with fruits and colored paper.

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River in the mountains

River in the mountains

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It is only the first line of a poem from the ancient China that I found while searching for a material for my calligraphy by a keyword of midsummer.

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The line roughly means “the river of clear water flows meandering widely just as it holds the village.”

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When I read this, I remembered the house in the mountains of my distant relatives which is just like this phrase.

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When I was a child my grandpa and my parents took me there several times.  It was a long trip taking a whole day and I got completely tired when we reached that house where my grandpa was born and raised.

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These days, the same trip takes much shorter thanks to the newly built tunnels and roads.

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Signboards

I am going to ask the main staffer of the event to use these as signboards of my section.

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“May the delight of calligraphy be in your daily lives”.

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My first calligraphy teacher held up this motto all his life.  However, it was later in my life that I knew about it.

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