＊Date：January 31 and February 1, 2009
I have continued practicing calligraphy for a long time since childhood and one day suddenly I found out that I had already created many works that I created to be displayed in the annual exhibitions of my teachers’ school. And the works are of various fashions, namely, made to scrolls, set in frames and panels, and what not. In addition, some of my senior calligraphers strongly urged me to give a solo exhibition. And my first exhibition was held as above.
At first, I was helplessly afraid that holding an exhibition would be just getting out of my depth, and I had a number of difficulties for certain. It turned out, however, that so many friends visited it, far greater number of people I expected. And what is more, not only during the two-day session, but even before and after the exhibition, great help and assistance and warm kindness and consideration were given to me from my friends, which renewed my deep gratefulness to the people around me and made me realize how many happy encounters I have enjoyed in my life until then.
What was really interesting, in fact, was that more than one person suggested to me at totally different occasions to let the visitors at the exhibition try doing calligraphy themselves. And this attempt was an incredible success!! I was really amazed to see how many people wanted to try calligraphy casually, just a little, that is. Moreover, seeing those people enjoy writing their favorite characters and phrases without any indecisiveness or hesitation was wonderfully admirable. Witnessing the scene, I was determined to try hard for those who are interested in calligraphy even a little and to help attain their wishes for their own creation. In short, I was convinced that I must devote myself for realization of my teacher’s grand dream of “the pleasure of calligraphy in daily lives”.
And now, my ultimate goal is to spread this wonderful art and culture to the whole world.
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