“Gratefulness. Gratitude. Thankfulness.” To my great regret, this is not my original calligraphy but copying of my teacher’s. I thought I must practice it hard in order to be able to write it right away when necessary.
If you have a favorite character or phrase that you would like me to write, please let me know by sending it (them) to my address, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The calligraphy on this stone monument was done by my teacher. Probably, it is his calligraphy at his most energetic days. I am sure those who know me have seen it at least once or twice.
However, you can’t any comment that it was done by Akiyama Kodo 秋山公道 anywhere on and around the monument. I just wonder if there remains a record in the Kyoto Prefectural Office about their asking him for his calligraphy here and their paying rewards to him.
There are many advantages of practicing under an esteemed calligrapher, and this is the one, that is, you can say “Hello!” to your teacher quite easily even while taking a walk.
Incidentally, today, July 3rd is his death anniversary.