I posted photos of my teacher’s models of tasks for a test of teacher’s qualification that my teacher gave me about forty years ago and my present results practicing them. They were of print style and semi-cursive style. Now the photo here are my present results practicing with my teacher’s models of cursive style and kana, Japanese phonogram. I have identified myself as a qualified teacher of the school established by my teacher for more than forty years and now after those many years, I can’t help but wonder what level of calligraphy I handed in and got this qualification at the time.
“May the joy of calligraphy be in your daily life.” I once heard it was my teacher’s ideal of calligraphy, which made me continue practicing calligraphy for a long time, with an ultimate goal of spreading this art and culture to the whole world. However, recalling old days, I realized that one of his daughters told me about this principle but not directly from my teacher or his wife.
The photo I posted last time showed one of the tasks for the teacher’s qualification test I took some forty years ago which I happened to find when cleaning my house. While the previous one was print or standard style, this one is semi-cursive or semi-standard style, which is suitable for writing fast and is most often used practically.
These days we have been having a terrible heat again, which makes me very tired. A little while ago, we had a number of days of dreadful, heavy rainfall. When the weather is severe in any way, it is somewhat comfortable to practice with my teacher’s calligraphy that I have been very familiar with since childhood.
As I wrote many times before …when I cleaned my house … this time I found a number of models my first teacher gave me years ago. And this time, they are the size of a paper scroll designed for a common Japanese style room. I think they were given to me to prepare for the examination to be qualified as a calligraphy teacher, probably around forty years ago. I am certain not many people now are fortunate enough to possess something as treasurable as these. I thought I had been and will be incredibly fortunate.
We haven’t enjoyed calligraphy lessons in our usual classrooms since February last year. My present teacher told us her students that we should learn calligraphy copying especially at times like this. However, I just can’t stop myself turning to my first teacher’s calligraphy that has been so familiar to me since my early childhood rather than the classics respected by all the calligraphy learners of all ages and cultures.
While I was trying to tidy up my house, I found this old folding fan of festive kind, which my teacher gave to us his students to commemorate his eighty-eighth birthday. Now I am remembering that he and his wife used to give us his students commemorative gifts on happy occasions; and after various events they always invited all his students to a party at a good restaurant to reward our services.