〜Other tasks for the test 草書と仮名〜

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.

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以前、40年ぐらい前にいただいた受傳試験の課題のうち楷書行書のお手本とそれを今習った私の字を投稿しましたが、この写真は草書と仮名の課題をもう一度習ったものです。私は40年以上の間新日本書道会の師範を名乗っていますが、当時はいったいどれほどの字を提出してこの資格をいただけたのかしらと考えてしまいます。

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〜Flowers in your hearts またまた臨書です〜

It is getting a little cooler and in this somewhat relieved feeling, I thought I would practice another task on one page from an old model book.  “I live with flowers in my heart.”  

“Flowers in the heart” “Flowers of the heart”  These were my teacher’s favorite expressions. 

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少し涼しくなって、ちょっとほっとした気分の中で、また古いお手本の1ページを練習しました。「心に花を持って生きる」

「心に花」「心の花」先生がお好きだった言葉です。

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〜Teacher’s philosophy 継続の柱〜

“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.

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「暮らしの中に書の楽しみを」これが我が師の書への思いだと聞いて、それならば世界中にその先生の価値観を広めようと頑張ってきました。でも、考えてみるとそれは先生の娘さんの一人に伺ったことで、先生からも奥さまからも直接には聞いていませんでした。

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〜Different style from the previous post 師範傳試験(行書)〜

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.

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先日投稿した写真は、家を片付けていたら出てきた40年ほど前に受けた師範傳試験の課題のうち漢字楷書。これは同じものの行書です。行書は早く書けるので、最も多く実際に使われます。

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〜Calligraphy copying やさしいということ〜

“Kindness beautifies the world of flesh”.  This is not my original work.  Again, I copied one page from the book of models I inherited from my teacher.  For, I thought this one is a good, strong comment.

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「親切は人の世を美しくする」これは私のオリジナルではありません。またしても、師から受け継いだ折手本の中から選んだものです。いい言葉だと思ったからです。

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〜Summer heat again 前回は豪雨の中で〜

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. 

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このところ暑さがぶり返してしんどい日々です。先日は豪雨の日が何日も続きました。どうも過酷な天気のときには幼い頃から慣れ親しんでいる師の書を習うのがいいです。

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〜Size of a normal hanging scroll どこまでも幸運です〜

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. 

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例によって、家を片付けていたら・・・今度は何枚も半切のお手本が出てきました。多分40年ぐらい前に師範の試験を受けるときの参考のためのくださったお手本だったと思われますが、このような貴重なものを持っている人はもうそれほど多くは残っていないと思います。自分はどこまでもラッキーなのだと思いました。

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〜For peace of mind in this terrible weather 豪雨の中では尚更に〜

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.

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去年2月からお教室でのお稽古が叶いませんが、今の先生は、こういう時期にこそ臨書することをしっかり学びなさいとおっしゃいます。私はどうしても皆から長く尊ばれている古典よりも、幼い頃から親しんだ初めの先生の書に気持ちが向いてしまいます。

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〜Old folding fan お祝いの印〜

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.

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家を片付けていると、このお祝いの扇子が出てきました。先生がご自分の米寿のお祝いに皆に配ってくださったものです。今思い出すのは、先生と奥さまは何かのお祝いのときにはいつもお弟子に記念のお品をくださったし、何かのイベントの後には必ずいい料亭でご苦労さん会を催して、お弟子たちを招待してくださったということです。

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〜Something beautiful 永遠の価値〜

I practiced copying my teacher’s work.  This time, I tried very hard to copy each letter, however, I changed the arrangement.  “Something of beauty is an everlasting delight.”

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先生のお作品の臨書をしました。今回は一つ一つの字は写そうと頑張りましたが、レイアウトは変えました。

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