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What is the 5th Dimension of Calligraphy?

By Mel Strawn / 16/10/2014 / 0 Comments

My own involvement in this special art has a haunting and evasive, sometimes very simple, undertone. Haunting because it is part of my mental life that includes much that is beyond or not part of everyday rational habits. It is more than an exotic Asian mystery and philosophy felt as a special mystique by many…

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How Lucid Dreaming isn't as Bad as You Think

By Dave Gosine / 26/06/2014 / 0 Comments

“Lucid Dreaming” is an act of rebellion. The dreamer gains control over his actions and thoughts. The subconscious becomes conscious, dreams become a memory. The Lucid Dreamer is like a magician, imposing willpower and constantly struggling with himself, to master his skills and gain full control of the dream, thus becoming the ruler of the…

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How are Kana Shodo Culture, the opera “ Madame Butterfly ”, and Japanese Aesthetics related?

By Kaoru Akagawa / 27/02/2014 / 0 Comments

The opera “ Madame Butterfly ” was written by the Italian composer Puccini in 1904, based on the short story written by John Luther Long in 1898.

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Shadow Photography and Calligraphy

By Ikuko Fujisawa / 19/02/2014 / 2 Comments

Shadows began to intrigue me more than 20 years ago when I, someone fascinated by calligraphy and the color of ink, moved from my beloved Japan to Australia. In a southern country whose language was different from mine, I was struck less by that difference than by the contrast of Australia’s drier air and clear…

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Tending the Spirit: An Interview with Master Ransui Yakata of the International Chinese Calligraphy and Ink Painting Society (ICCPS)

By Steven Anderson / 11/10/2013 / 3 Comments

There are branches of the International Chinese Calligraphy and Ink Painting Society (ICCPS) in eight major cities around the world. I was fortunate enough to be invited to enter the studio of ICCPS founder Master Ransui Yakata, who is the recipient of numerous awards at public exhibitions, including in ink painting (sumi-e). Master Ransui Yakata…

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Ink painting, Sumi-e, Suibokuga and Calligraphy Exhibition in Tokyo

By Rona Conti / 29/08/2013 / 2 Comments

An exhibition organized by Master Yakata Ransui (矢形嵐酔), President and Founder of ICCPS, was held in Tokyo from June 3rd to June 9th. Ink painting, sumi-e, suibokuga and Japanese and Chinese calligraphy were presented. The International Chinese Calligraphic Art & Chinese Ink Painting Artist Society, with Ransui Yakata as President and General Director, has head…

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What Wikipedia Can’t Tell You About Urban Calligraphy

By Rona Conti / 17/07/2013 / 0 Comments

Then there is Urban Calligraphy. His own words about what that means are illuminating but none more so than seeing the work itself. Responding to what is, finding the

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Shodo is not about your Accomplishments with a Brush

By Steve Weiss / 21/05/2013 / 0 Comments

My introduction into shodo is perhaps somewhat different than many others. My journey began back in the late 1960s as a student of budō (武道). After studying

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The Story of a 4th Generation Japanese Scroll Mounter

By Niko Kitsakis / 13/05/2013 / 0 Comments

Hideyuki Kamon makes Kakejiku – the hanging scrolls you see in japanese tea rooms, temples or traditional guest houses. He is what is called a “Hyōgushi”, a scroll mounter.

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Sumi-e from the Perspective of a Traditional Academically-trained European Artist

By Alfred Krupa / 24/04/2013 / 3 Comments

What I respect the most within sumi-e is its nature of contrast, of opposition, the visual – morphological tension that flows during application.

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