My calligraphy in someone’s craft

A lady in my neighborhood is an enthusiastic handicrafts maker.  I knew she did great embroideries.

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And recently, I found out she also made small goods out of colored, thick paper.

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She came to my booth at Kyoto Art Craft Market and chose one postcard with my calligraphy of 星 or “star” in both modern (dark ink) and ancient (pale ink) forms.

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At that time, I didn’t know what she was going to do with it but the other day she showed her handmade frame with my postcard in it.

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I was very happy because it was the very first time to see my calligraphic piece be actually used by someone.

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My version of “beautiful mathematics”

I wrote two characters meaning “number, figure, arithmetic or mathematics” and “beauty or beautiful”.

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Here I hoped to express “beautiful mathematics” or “mathematics is beautiful” in my manner.

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For, working for mathematicians greatly expanded and enriched my world and I have always been deeply grateful to them.

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Last day

Today marks the last day of this year’s autumnal equinoctial week.

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During vernal and autumnal equinoctial weeks, Japanese people customarily visit their family graves, clean them and present offerings.

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However, I haven’t given much thought to that.

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Now, I have learned that in Buddhist thinking, during these weeks the distance between the land of the living and that of the dead becomes smallest.

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Photographs of my late parents/

Look young/

Autumnal equinoctial week/

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Translation and calligraphy by Chio

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Phrase of the season

“Thunder now stops” is the symbolic phrase of this season, that is, around the beginning of the second half of September.

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I realized something.

After years of brooding about how I could be more original and wildest in the best sense, breaking loose from my own routine kind of calligraphy, somehow quite recently, I realized that being myself and performing just naturally could create my best calligraphy.

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“(Wishing for) the beauty and the valuableness of being ordinary.”

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Now, I am looking forward to seeing myself grow and improve as a calligrapher.

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I learned something.

This is what I learned recently, taking a cue from someone’s behavior.

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“You must not make any remarks on anything you are ignorant of.”

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Years ago

This is my copying practice of the work of my first calligraphy teacher’s wife who was a great calligrapher just as her husband was.

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Moreover, she was a perfect mentor for me who I still adore.

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For, she had this marvelous ability to see into the nature as a human of all the people she knew even when these people weren’t in her visible range.

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I really think this ability is remarkable because some people just don’t understand me even though I have been around and often talked with them.

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Day 3 — Different kinds of marchés

These two consecutive weekends I attended two different

marchés.

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One is a monthly event and smaller in size.

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The other is much bigger and originally held semiannually.

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I enjoyed both events; different sizes, different locations, different systems, different kinds of visitors.

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In other words, I had a valuable experience this September.

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Day 2 — Hide and seek

The photo shows a small part of my booth at the marché.

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These “light” and “laugh or smile” don’t disclose their entire bodies but they hide some parts with pieces of thinner paper.

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I did this following someone’s hint for creating something new.

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Day 1 of the September Art Marché

Unfortunately, maybe because of the weather wasn’t very good, we had only a few visitors.

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I hope more people will come to the venue to enjoy this fun, art event.  It will be open tomorrow (Saturday) and the day after tomorrow (Sunday).

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Here is more information about this fun event.  The venue is here and the period is till Sunday September 20th.

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New Moon in the Virgo and one more

Tonight’s moon is the Virgoan new moon.  I hope something drastically new happens.

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Another character means “sky, vault of heaven, eternal time” and what not.

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Feeling nostalgic 2

The other day I wrote about my copying practice years ago.

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Here is another similar one, which I must have done around the same time as the former one for my first solo exhibition at the beginning of 2009.

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Regular practice

The photo shows my new copying practice of the model that my first teacher left for me.

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I am afraid I could do better.  For, I got too nervous here.

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September Art Marché

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

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I hope many people interested in Japanese style calligraphy will come to the venue during the period from Friday, September 18th to Sunday, September 20.

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Day 2

Today was the Day 2 of the big event, the Kyoto Art Craft Market.

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The event’s venue was in an old building, which was the former Bank of Japan Kyoto Branch.

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Through this event, I had many new and fresh experiences, meeting and talking with new people and learning many new things about turning your favorite pastime into business.

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I am more than happy to have participated in it and profoundly grateful to all the people that helped me do things well in the event.

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Who is this?

It was the Day 1 of the big event, the Kyoto Art Craft Market.

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A lady from the office of this event said, “If you use this “face shield” with your glasses, the whole world would instantly become foggy” and soon it turned out that she was quite right.

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At the end of today, I got very exhausted because of the severe lingering heat, strong sunshine and humidity.  Still, I had such a good time meeting and talking with many people at the venue.

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Now, I am looking forward to experiencing more fun there tomorrow!

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Grandpa’s calligraphy

This is the official enumeration of commemorative gifts from my grandfather on my mother’s side to my grandfather on my father’s side on the occasion of my parents’ engagement.

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I found this when cleaning and getting rid of unnecessary household goods.

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As I thought my grandpa’s calligraphy was pretty good, I asked my paperer to frame it into a scroll.

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New works

The photo shows my new works on Tanzaku or narrow strips of paper for calligraphy.

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I hope they will be loved at the venue of this big event.

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On wood, this time

I tried some of the same motifs as before on wood.

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Paper, wood, cloth; they are very attractive as bases for calligraphic pieces.

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World keeps changing

This small, old piece of paper is an offcut of the paper for the sliding doors in Japanese houses.

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I remember my mother pasting new sheets of paper on all the sliding doors in the house before the New Year Holidays.  And seeing her do that, I used to imagine myself doing the same thing as a grown-up woman.

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However, in the first place, there are no sliding doors left in my house now.

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Autumn butterfly/

Went inside the/

Four-o’clock flowers/

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Translation and calligraphy by Chio

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Supreme compliment

In November 2017, by good fortune I was allowed to participate in an exhibition by three calligraphers from Poland and Japan.

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At its pre-event gathering, luckily, I had a chance to perform calligraphy in front of many people, which was the best occasion in my life as a calligrapher.

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After my performance, someone told me that the movement of my arm with the brush was like something flowing on water.

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When I told my present teacher about this comment after returning to Kyoto, she said I should have been more courteous and expressed the politest thanks to that person.  For, according to her, “the arm movement in calligraphy is like flowing on water or dancing in the air” is definitely the best compliment to a calligrapher.

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Progress report

You will find these works at the “Kyoto Art Craft Market 2020 Autumn”.

I am very happy to be allowed to participate in it and I do hope many people with interest in Japanese style calligraphy will drop by.

 

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Delightful announcement

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Kyoto Art Craft Market 2020 Autumn

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http://kacm.jp/

http://kacm.jp/pdf/kacm2020_autumun.pdf

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It is such a pleasure and honor for me to participate in this great event to be held on September 12 and 13 at Kyoto Cultural Foundation <http://www.bunpaku.or.jp&gt;, <http://www.bunpaku.or.jp/en/>.

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My booth is “E2” that is facing Sanjo Street, one of the pedestrians’ favorite streets in Kyoto.  I would be very happy and excited if many people would walk on this street and take a look at my calligraphic works in my booth and hopefully be interested in my calligraphy.

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Outline of this event follows below.

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<Date and time>

September 12th; 11:00 – 17:30

September 13th; 11:00 – 17:00

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<Venue>

京都府京都文化博物館

http://www.bunpaku.or.jp

http://www.bunpaku.or.jp/en/

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<Detailed information>

http://kacm.jp/pdf/kacm2020_autumun.pdf

 

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Living in thankfulness

This photo shows a new result of copying practice of my teacher’s model that he wrote for me decades ago.

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And as always, I renewed gratefulness to both my teacher and parents.

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Thanks to them, I have established basic skill, technique and knowledge of calligraphy.

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Someone praised me for making efforts at one thing for many years.  However, that was not my efforts but my fortune to have met a good teacher and generous parents.

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Rice cropping timing

This phrase is from the solar terms and one of the subdivided one, allocated loosely to the first week of September.

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It roughly means “rice ripens”.

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As I am quite ignorant about rice cultivation, I at first wondered if it was already the season of rice ripening.

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Then yesterday, I found a post by my new acquaintance in the artistic society, saying she and her family had harvested this year’s rice.

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Fan shaped paper

These are my new pieces on fan shaped thick sheets of paper.

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Fan shaped things have a graceful image and they imply auspiciousness, as well.

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They are “as light flows”, “I am thinking of you” and “what I think of is you”.

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Novelty and nostalgia

I think that these two are the main features that make up various aspects of people’s lives, that is, culture, tradition, prospects for the future, personal beliefs and emotions; and everything.

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Very slightly bigger type of very small screens

The photo shows very small paper screens I would like to suggest you to use as little decorations in your house.

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About two weeks ago, I showed you something similar.

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I wonder and would like to know which type is more popular among those interested in Japanese style calligraphy.

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They are “flower smiles (meaning flower blooms)”, “rainbow appearing” and “eye of the mind”.

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Feeling nostalgic

I found this while trying to get rid of unnecessary household goods.

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It is a copying practice of a Chinese classic calligraphic piece I did more than ten years ago.

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My late mother liked it very much.  She was so pleased with how I did on this I couldn’t tell her that I missed one letter somewhere.

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Proud posting

This is again a result of my copying practice of my teacher’s work.

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“Even a big tree begins from a twig.”

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I think, here, I succeeded in copying the touch of my teacher a little.

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Delightful announcement

Kyoto Art Craft Market 2020 Autumn

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http://kacm.jp/

http://kacm.jp/introduce.html

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It is such a pleasure and honor for me to participate in this great event to be held on September 12 and 13 at Kyoto Cultural Foundation <http://www.bunpaku.or.jp&gt;, <http://www.bunpaku.or.jp/en/>.

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My booth is “E2” that is facing Sanjo Street, one of the pedestrians’ favorite streets in Kyoto.  I would be very happy and excited if many people would walk on this street and take a look at my calligraphic works in my booth and hopefully be interested in my calligraphy.

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Outline of this event follows below.

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<Date and time>

September 12th; 11:00 – 17:30

September 13th; 11:00 – 17:00

<Venue>

京都府京都文化博物館

http://www.bunpaku.or.jp

http://www.bunpaku.or.jp/en/

<Detailed information>

http://kacm.jp/introduce.html

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Seasons turn

Seasons turn

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This phrase is allocated to the last several days of August by the solar term system.

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It means the heat of the world (heaven and earth) is beginning to let up gradually.

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Actually, it has been a little rainy since early this morning and the heat isn’t so severe.

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Small decorations on the wall

Just like the small screens, I would like to offer a suggestion of these small decorations on the wall of your room.

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They are “apparition or vision”, “thick tree” and “upwelling”.

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Thanks for a good job!

These two scrolls returned from the picture framers’ shop after very properly framed.

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The one on the right is “unlimited possibilities”.  It may sound paradoxically but being inspired by this unprecedentedly inconvenient world at present, I got this idea thinking this adversity could unexpectedly give us “unlimited possibilities”.

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While the left one is my version of “Scarlet by the Rolling Stones”.  I was just so pleasantly surprised to hear this audio source was almost lost but found by chance.

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I know most calligraphers have their own ideas about what colors or materials be used to frame their works.  However, I completely trust my paperers for their good taste and skill.

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And this time again, I found myself quite right at this.

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Some lines from a children’s song

Today falls on July 7th according to the old lunar calendar.

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We celebrate Tanabata or the Star Festival on this day, the seventh day of the seventh month, following a romantic fairy tale from the ancient China about a sad story of two young lovers.

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So, I chose some lines from a children’s song for Tanabata as a material for calligraphic work.

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Aiming at a simple living

These days I have been working on a very difficult task, that is, very difficult “for me”, which is to make my life as simple as possible.

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I discarded lots of various kinds of articles in my house, large and small, including my old calligraphic works that were displayed in my previous four exhibits.

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However, there are a number of pieces I just can’t part with.

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The photo shows one of those to which I feel very attached.

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A little late blooming

I found a gardenia flower in my garden.

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The flowers usually bloom in June and July.

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Unfortunately, only one flower doesn’t give off a substantial aroma.

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I found a gardenia flower in my garden.

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The flowers usually bloom in June and July.

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Unfortunately, only one flower doesn’t give off a substantial aroma.

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The rain was barely enough/

To moisten the/

Gardenia flower/

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Translation and calligraphy by Chio

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Refreshing atmosphere

Entering the venue, I felt very refreshing and relaxed!

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This severe lingering heat never seems to leave, but the event makes you feel easier and a little comfortable.  You can escape from the heat and enjoy a variety of paper fans there until August 28.

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I think I was really lucky to take part in this program.

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My old “dream boat”

The photo shows my old piece from around ten years ago.  It is “dream boat”, my favorite phrase.

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Incidentally, I was really surprised later to learn that this boat “舟” accommodates only one person.  So if you wish to use it to carry more than one person, you must use another character “船”, which means I have to work hard to create a good calligraphic work of “dream boat”.

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However, I am happy to tell you that the one in the photo is a good example of combination of paper and cloth.

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My starting point

As I often do, I practiced copying my first calligraphy teacher’s model works he left me many years ago.

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Every time I do this, again and again, I thank my lucky stars for having this great calligraphy master as my teacher.

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Now, I am sorry that until quite recently I kept hesitating to clearly state my being a pupil of the late Mr. Akiyama Kodo (秋山公道), just because, I think, I felt myself too poor to be one.

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I am determined to keep making efforts to be able to say this with confidence.

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“The goddess of victory loves endeavor.”

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Deep fog?

This is one of the subdivided phrases from the solar terms system allocated to the middle of August, in other words, in the midst of the lingering summer heat.

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Although I learned it meant “deep fog shrouds the world” I don’t associate fog with the heat around this time.

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I just wonder if my distant relatives living in the mountains of the central part of Kyoto Prefecture may understand this sense of the season very well.

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Swan song

This phrase came into my mind the instant I saw this “swan feather brush”.

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Although I very well know that it doesn’t carry a positive connotation, somehow or other, it came and lingered in my mind.

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Small screens

These are miniature screens in the form of room partitions.

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I would be as happy as can be if you would find these as a garnish or a decoration on the showbox in the entrance or on your desk.

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Noise of a kind of cicadas

This is one of the subdivided phrases according to the solar term system and is allocated to the period around the middle of August.  It only says a kind of cicadas begin making noise with their wings.

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All through the summer season, the cicadas’ noise has been too loud.  While, the name of the cicada here implies approaching of the fall season.  But unfortunately, I think I haven’t heard its somewhat melancholic sound this summer yet.

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However, when I took a walk early in the morning, I noticed some pleasant singing of crickets or some other kinds of insects in the grass, which I just hope to hear more soon.

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Delightful cute, little homemade goods

I got these small envelops made of thick paper originally for sliding doors in Japanese style houses and a pair of earrings at the fun event this morning.

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Only imagining myself using these goods makes me smile.

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O, morning glory/

The sky over the bazar/

Beginning to get cloudy/

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Translation and calligraphy by Chio

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In a corner of summery scenery

“Gardener crops cucumbers along the support pillars/

Village woman picks morning glory flowers/”

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The interpretation of this poem from ancient China on a summery scene says there is a hint of approaching autumn in it.   And that is why its title is “thinking of autumn”.

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Unfortunately, I myself have just been longing for cooler season for quite a long time now.

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Like the light of the star

Again, this is my copying practice of my teacher’s model he wrote for me decades ago.

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Whenever I do this practice, I made new discoveries about my teacher’s techniques and his understanding and knowledge of the classical, traditional calligraphy both from ancient China and Japan.

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Moreover, what I am now fully aware is his desperate wishes for my improvement and growth as a calligrapher.

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Although I must admit I am far short of his expectations at the moment, I am determined never to give up trying.

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“Lights like the stars at dawn reside in the hearts of all people.”

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Fans for mom

These old fans are what I did for my late mother.

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She used to love using these in bed before falling asleep.

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Woke up from a nap/

Saw late mother came/

To see me/

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Translation and calligraphy by Chio

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Zen phrase for August

“Willows are green; flowers are red”.

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I have always thought this phrase depicts the springtime sceneries.

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However, I found out it was categorized under Zen words for the month of August in a site.

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I tried a new approach for this work that one of my fellow students at the calligraphy school I go to taught me.

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Explanation of this method would be:

first; soak the brush in water plentifully,

second; put a little ink at the end of the brush,

then; try to write with this brush very swiftly.

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Although I am sure it is an interesting way of using brushes in calligraphy, I think I have to practice a lot more to be able to create fine works.

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Heartwarming gifts

One of my valued, long-time friends from my previous work sent me some gifts for offering on my mom’s altar and myself.

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In the package, I found a couple of facial masks, essential goods these days with pink floral patterns, all-time favorite of mine.

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Mother left/

Showy pink at the bottom of/

Shrubby althaea/

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Translation and calligraphy by Chio

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Lions Gate

Those involving things spiritual often talk about the Lions Gate, which according to them connects this world and the universe and is open for these two weeks.

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Then I found an interesting text that says the Lion in this case is not the animal but the Sphinx.

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Inspired by this theory, I wrote the Chinese phrase for the “Sphinx”.

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