Thursday, March 26, 2009

Japanese Calligraphy

This past week we have been blessed with the visit of Yoshiaki.  My son 
is in a Japanese Exchange Program.  Matthew stayed with Yoshiaki's family near Osaka last summer, and now Yoshiaki is staying with us.  In honor of Yoshiaki, I thought I'd share a little shodo or Japanese calligraphy with you today.

I hope you are able to view this video Matthew took last summer while attending Yoshiaki's school, Seikyo Gakuen.  Matthew and the American students were treated to shodo instruction. Here is the shodo sensei, Mrs. Shiono, demonstrating proper form and the ductus or stroke sequence for the kanji depicting "love."

                                      video

Matthew's chaperon was very kind to bring me Mrs. Shiono's practice sheets. Yay

Love:



Kindness:



Friendship:


Shodo - an incredible art form!  I find the process very interesting and inspiring.

4 comments:

  1. hi jane! this is beautiful!! i could watch people painting these artforms all day long! thanks for sharing this! :)

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  2. WOW--i know how hard that is and so beautiful!!! Thanks for sharing that!

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  3. Hi Jane, How AWESOME!!! I'm SO envious, you wouldn't believe! Thank you SO much for sharing this beautiful calligraphy with us... I feel really inspired to learn more about this ancient art form. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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  4. Thanks for your comments ladies! :-)

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