Calligraphy Gallery 書道の展示場
I started practicing calligraphy when I first went to Japan in 1996. I can't say that I ever developed much skill in the art, but I sure do enjoy it. This page has a few samples of things I've done over the years.
This is written in seal script 篆書 (tensho), and the passage was taken from a Buddhist text called the Blue Cliff Record 碧巌録 (Hekiganroku). I originally wrote this in 1998(?), but this picture was taken when it was on display at an exhibition of art by staff and faculty from Takada Gakuen 高田学苑 in Tsu City 津市, Mie Prefecture 三重県 in 2000.
This piece is written in seal script. I was studying Japanese with a friend in the Matsusaka City 松阪市 library one day in 1998(?) when I came across this expression. Neither of us are elegant in any sense of the word, but because both of us were interested in Japanese culture and tended to spend our freetime doing "elegant" activities like calligraphy and martial arts, I thought it fit us well.
I also chose it because it has a connection to my calligraphy teacher, who was like a father to me. The character ga 雅 is the first one in his personal name, and yû 遊 is one that he includes in a lot of his works. This picture was taken when it was on display at an annual exhibition in Shingû 新宮, Wakayama Prefecture 和歌山県. It is currently on display at my friend's house in Japan.
This is written in clerical script 隷書 (reisho), and the title for the piece refers to this type of writing from the Chinese Han dynasty. This piece was chosen after many months of working through a wonderful calligraphy text (書道技法講座 2：曹全碑［隷書／後漢］) written by my teacher's teacher, Aoyama Sanu 青山杉雨. I think I wrote this sometime in 1999, but the picture was taken when it was on display at the school festival in 2001(?) at Takada Gakuen.
This is written in seal script, and it is the character I wrote on my New Year's cards for 2002, the year of the horse.
This is written in seal script. Goraikou is a sunrise, especially one seen from the top of a high mountain. This picture was taken when it was on display at an exhibition of art by staff and faculty from Takada Gakuen in Tsu City, Mie Prefecture in 2002.
This is written in seal script, and it is the character I wrote on my New Year's cards for 2003, the year of the sheep.
This is written in seal script, and it is the character I wrote on my New Year's cards for 2004, the year of the monkey. The character for monkey has special significance for me, because the character for "big monkey" was the first one that got me interested in practicing the seal script, and it is also the first character I ever looked up in the Morohashi Character Dictionary 諸橋大漢和辞典.