〜Signboard 画廊のお玄関に〜

These are the signboards to be held at the entrance of the gallery for the mother-daughter exhibition of calligraphy planned for the end of next month.

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If you have a favorite character or phrase that you would like Calligrapher Chio to write, please let her know by sending it (them) to her address, <chio_art@yushokai.com>.

Requests for Chio’s calligraphy are accepted at <chio_art@yushokai.com> as well.

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来月末に予定している母娘展用の看板を書きました。画廊さんの入り口に掲げてもらいます。

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さて、知櫻の書で見てみたいと思われるお好きな字や、言葉などがありましたら、<chio_art@yushokai.com>までお知らせください。

知櫻の書のご依頼も、<chio_art@yushokai.com>までお願いいたします。

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〜What I can do for my late mother 愛した人〜

Sometime ago, at a calligraphy exhibition I saw a piece composed with the initial letters of a mother’s name and those of her daughter placed at the head of the lines.  I tried the same thing, and asked it to be framed as a panel.

And this is the very main theme of the exhibition I have been preparing since my mother passed away.

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If you have a favorite character or phrase that you would like Calligrapher Chio to write, please let her know by sending it (them) to her address, <chio_art@yushokai.com>.

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いつぞやある書展で、お母さまとお嬢さんのお名前の頭文字を行頭に置いたお作品を見ました。同じことをしてみました。そして、パネルに仕立ててもらいました。

そしてこれこそが、母の没後ずっと準備を進めてきた書展のまさにそのテーマとなっています。

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知櫻の書のご依頼も、<chio_art@yushokai.com>までお願いいたします。

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〜Popular summer food 食べてね〜

As my late mother loved 素麺 or thin wheat noodles, I cooked some and offered it on the family Buddhist altar.  Its setout is so, very facile, though.

Summer clouds appear and grow limitlessly/

Somen or thin wheat noodles went soft/

Calligraphy and translation by Chio

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亡母はお素麺が好きでしたので、ちょっと作ってお仏壇にお供えしました。安直な盛り付けですが。

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知櫻の書のご依頼も、chio_art@yushokai.com までお願いいたします。

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〜Use of a lipstick  表具屋さんに感謝〜

My late mother looked happy at these unskillful pictures of mine.  Today marks Setsubun, so, one is a kind of a symbol of the day.  And the other expresses New Year Resolution that I posted the other day.  As both of them meant just to show to my late mother, I did them simply and quickly.  Therefore, I used a lipstick to color them.  I am grateful to my paperer because they did such a good work to finish my simple works. 

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下手な絵でも、亡母は喜んでくれました。今日は節分なのでその象徴となるもの。それから先日投稿した新年の決意を表すもの。どちらも亡母に見せるためにささっと書いたものなので、赤い色は手近にあった口紅で塗りました。それなのにちゃんと仕上げてくださった表具屋さんに感謝しています。

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〜Seven kinds 息災に〜

Today is January 7, and I am going to have rice porridge with seven kinds of spring herbs, following a long tradition that is meant to wish for healthy lives.  Apparently, one of the seven kinds is the Japanese parsley I wrote yesterday, however, I can’t tell which one that is out of these in a “seven herbs set” I bought at a grocery store.

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Had to finely chop the seven spring flowers (vegetables)/

For my weak mother/

Calligraphy and translation by Chio

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As a matter of fact, any kind of food must be chopped finely for old, weak people.

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今日は1月7日、無病息災を願う七草粥をいただきます。7種類のうちの一つは、昨日書いた芹も含まれるようですが、このスーパーで買ってきた七種セットのうちのどれだか分かりません。

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〜It took a starry night … Part 2 綺麗な言葉 その2〜

Someone mentioned『星月夜』or “a very bright night sky”, literally “stars, moon, night” to my request asking for a favorite letter (character) or word, saying she loves the phrase because it is just very beautiful, and that she likes the famous painting by Van Gogh, as well.  

As a matter of fact, I, too, like this beautiful phrase very much and had put it into my own haiku I wrote while looking after my mother still alive at that time.  

The photo shows my work composed of three parts, that is, my tanka, my haiku and some comments.  At times when my mother had bad moods, I used to take her out putting her in her wheel chair, which happened even after dinner a number of times. 

One evening like that, the evening star and the crescent moon were seen beautifully in the sky as if they were facing each other and smiling at each other.  

The first tanka part is my description of it and the second part is a haiku I wrote imagining taking mother’s hand and flying in the night sky together, and here I used the phrase『星月夜』.  

And the last part is my comment that I was truly amazed to see my mother “expressed gratitude” to the beauty of the stars just because I had never thought she was that kind of person.

I didn’t write here, however, after returning home, she even said she should have put her hands together to give deep gratitude to the beautiful stars, which surprised me so much.

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お好きな字や語を教えてくださいとお願いしたところ「星月夜」という言葉が綺麗だから好き、ゴッホの絵も好きと教えてくださった方がいました。

実は、私もこの言葉が綺麗で好きだなと思って、当時まだ存命だった母の世話をしながら俳句に詠んだことがあります。

写真は、母の世話をしているときの私の短歌と俳句と説明です。母の機嫌が悪くなると車椅子で外に連れ出していましたが、何度か夕食後にもそういうことがありました。

そんなある夜に、空には金星と三日月が向かい合って微笑んでいるように見えました。

初めの短歌部分はそのことで、その次の俳句は、母の手をひいて一緒に夜空を翔んでいる様を想像して詠んだものです。

それで最後は、金星と三日月の美しさに母が「感謝」したので、そういう発想をする人だったとは・・・と驚いたという説明です。

ここには書きませんでしたが、帰宅後母は「あんなに綺麗だったのだから、手を合わせれば良かった」とさえ言ったので、本当にびっくりしたのでした。

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〜So happy for my mother! 朝市帰り〜

A very good, longtime friend of mine came to offer some flowers to my late mother on her way home from an early-morning market.

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旧い友人が朝市帰りにお花を亡母に供えてくれました。

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Enjoyed choosing small potted/

Primroses/

At a morning bazaar/

Calligraphy and translation by Chio

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〜My tanka and haiku about my mother どちらも自作〜

“Write your own poems” said my second calligraphy teacher.  Then immediately I thought I could never write haiku’s or tanka’s.  Later, however, I had a second thought that copyright issues will never bother me as far as I choose my own poems as motifs for my calligraphic works.

The first half of the piece is my tanka about my mother’s joy and gratitude when she saw the beauty of the Venus and the moon shining close to each other that we saw while taking a wheel chair walk in one evening; the latter half is my haiku which I wrote about my fancy afterward that we flew in the evening sky together.

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「自分で作った歌を書きなさい」と今の先生がおっしゃったのですが、初めはそんなこと出来ないと思いました。けれども、自作の句や歌なら著作権の心配をしなくて済むからいいと思うようになりました。

作品の前半は、夜の車椅子散歩のときに月と金星が接近しているときの美しさを母が喜び、感謝さえしたという短歌で、後半はそのまま空想の中で二人で夜空を跳んだという俳句です。

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〜Collaboration 道徳経〜

〜Collaboration 道徳経〜

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I found this one, the very first collaboration with my late mother and myself while I was putting her calligraphy in order.  I asked her to write an Ensō and then I wrote a passage from Tao Te Ching on it.  It was for my first solo exhibition in 2009.

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亡母の書を整理していて、この母との共作の第一作目を見つけました。2009年に開いた初めての個展用に母に円相を書いてもらって、私が老子の道徳経から一節を重ねました。

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〜Initials 母の名前と私の名前〜

Sometime ago, at a calligraphy exhibition I saw a piece composed with the initial letters of a mother’s name and those of her daughter placed at the head of the lines.  I tried the same thing, and here is what was lightly framed.

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いつぞやある書展で、お母さまとお嬢さんのお名前の頭文字を行頭に置いたお作品を見ました。同じことをしてみました。そして、パネルに仕立ててもらいました。

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