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How Lucid Dreaming isn't as Bad as You Think

By Dave Gosine / 26/06/2014 /

“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 Calligraphy Clubs are Making the World a Better Place

By Sakiko Yanagisawa / 18/04/2014 /

Many universities in Japan have a Calligraphy Clubs led by students, and many students learn Calligraphy as club activities. Hosei University also has a Calligraphy Club called “Hosei University Shodōkai”. Usually, a University Calligraphy Club is only for students enrolled in that university. But Hosei University Shodōkai is so unique and intercollegiate. It accepts not…

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

By Kaoru Akagawa / 27/02/2014 /

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 /

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 /

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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Review of Snoopy Japanesque

By Julia Kimura / 01/10/2013 /

When I decided to come to Japan for a year (18 years ago), I had no idea how much this country suits my personality. However, it did not take me long to notice how important cuteness is in Japanese culture. So I can easily see why Snoopy is so well-loved here. The Snoopy Japanesque exhibit…

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

By Rona Conti / 29/08/2013 /

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 /

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 /

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 /

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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