“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.
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.
Since this is the first day of the month, I thought I would resume practicing with the old book of models my teacher gave me many years ago. What is amazing about this book is; any page makes one piece of art; and what is more, the whole book makes a beautiful art object. . 今日はお一日だし、また昔のお手本のお稽古に戻ろうと思いました。先生のお手本は、どのページを見てもそこだけで一つの見事な作品になるし、全体でも立派な作品として成立します。 . <To the homepage of this website>
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.
I chose this one to practice copying from a book of collection of my teacher. The note says it is an ancient saying from China meaning “you don’t get tired when you are doing what you love”. I don’t see anything new at all.