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Shodo & An Empty Mind

By H.E. Davey / 28/03/2017 /

In 1985 I met Kobara Ranseki Sensei, an extraordinary master of Japanese calligraphy, with skill in ink painting as well. He was the founder of the Ranseki Sho Juku system of traditional calligraphic art and the co-founder of the Kokusai Shodo Bunka Koryu Kyokai, an international shodo association headquartered in the Tokyo area. Kobara Sensei…

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The 82nd calligraphy exhibition of Konohana Kai (斯華会), Part 2.

By Ponte Ryūrui / 22/09/2011 /

It further emphasizes the gently cascading composition of this calligraphy, showing the skill of the calligrapher. Delicate ink accents suggest that it

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The 82nd calligraphy exhibition of Konohana Kai (斯華会), Part 1.

By Ponte Ryūrui / 22/09/2011 /

The 斯華会 (このはなかい, Konohana Kai) calligraphy association was founded by Master Ono Gadō (小野 鵞堂, おのがどう, 1862 – 1922)110 years ago. 鵞堂 (lit. “Goose Temple”) was

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59回無心会書展 – 59th Calligraphy exhibition of Mushin Kai (Part 2).

By Ponte Ryūrui / 20/09/2011 /

The style of this calligraphy brilliantly contrasts with its meaning: “to become silent and pray peacefully” (黙而祈寧), depicting complexity of the relation

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59回無心会書展 – 59th Calligraphy exhibition of Mushin Kai (Part 1).

By Ponte Ryūrui / 20/09/2011 /

I visited the 59th calligraphy exhibition of 書道研究 無心会 (しょどうけんきゅうむしんかい, shodō kenkyū mushin kai, i.e. Mushinkai Calligraphy Research Organisation). 無心会 is

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