I decided to undertake the 30 Days of Shodo challenge issued by Estabansan. I won’t be focusing on just one kanji, but rather two to four ideograms. I will also be breaking down their meanings. The goal is for myself to improve my shuji practice.
For instance, “Nyoze”, or “as it is”. A phrase that we use, in the west, is “it is as it is, and it is similar to it. Using “like” and “is”.
Some of Estabansan’s studsnts have pieces contributed to the hashtag #30daysofshodo.
As for myself, I have an instagram for where I add various pieces of my work.
The inkan or hanko is used as a signature. Inkan being more formal than hanko. In ancient times, these were used by government for formal documents. In Japan now, these are still used for important documents and artwork alike.
This summer, I spent a day carving out my hanko in a process called tenkoku. My hanko is stone. This is my first one that I had created.
The suichuu (or suiteki) is a small water dropper meant to only carry a small amount of water at a time East Asian calligraphy. These are used in conjunction, with inkstone, to release small drops of water.
Apparently, according to Wikipedia, there are four different types, all in various styles. This is the teapot form. Some are round or ressemble animals.
I had found this one at a store in my city called Things Japanese.
I attempted to re-create Sora in Sosho Shotai(cursive style) form on one attempt. I’ll see about attempting it again after my sensei instructs me on the stroke order because it’s pretty difficult for me. Usually, my focus is the kaisho (regular script) shotai, but I dabble between this and Gyosho(semi-cursive).
I noticed Sora in the pictures of the Chado practionner, Roza Akino, and her suitcase setup. Chado looks like it is very fun with Roza, though a very serene and quiet art itself.
More of Roza Akino’s kitsuke, and exploits in Japan, can be found here.
I decided to go with this as my hamko stamp name as well as my signature. 圭敏(Kevin or kebin) is very hard to write also for a signature. This week, my sensei gave me homework to emulate this. Quite the challenge it’s been so far.
A Kakizome(書き初め ) is a first writing of the new year with a phrase. This one means “doing things with spirit”. I created this at the Tao Sangha Toronto, which is where I usually learn shodo from Yoko-sensei. There are others here, including mine.