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    ENGLISH ] Interview with Akane Kanamori, young calligraphist.


    I interviewed Ms. Akane Kanamori in December.

    Here I would like to quickly introduce her to my English speaking visitors.

     

    Before writing a long introduction note, it will be quick for you to find who she is by showing her art works.

     

    Her art is specialized in Calligraphy if she has to be categorized.

    This red color written work is a "LIFE, or LIVE" in Kanji charcter.

    The below is a calligraphy textbook style "LIFE, or LIVE".

    Even you do not know the Kanji, you can feel that Akane's "LIFE" is more vivid.

    In the middle part is like a heart, and above two hands and a head is directing upwards strongly.

    And bottom is legs to support volcano like vividness of upper body.

     

    She is currently 27 years old teaching at one of highschool in Japan.

    She is a mother of 5 years old girl.

    She says she did not want to give up her career because of raising baby is busy.

    What she was explaing me was that sending baby to nursery school if the job is an artist.

    Of course it depends on the where she lives, but in general without family support

    it is very difficult to do "a mother", "a wife", "a teacher", and  "an artist" .

    In her case, she is a teacher, so she can send her baby to nursery school.

     

    Let me show you more of her works.

     

    金森朱音 「子」

    (a child)

     

    (LIFE: recent works, she used white ink on white campass to draw several hundred LIFE)

     

    金森朱音 「悲鳴」金森朱音 「生死」

    (Screaming (upside) and Live/Death, the above two is a combination works. ) She wrote this with anger after she visited Earthquake in Tohhoku region. People over there still were suffering, but people in Tokyo or other location of Japan were forgetting tradgey after two years. She had a dilemma that Calligraphy was staying away from the real world.

     

    金森朱音、「心」

    (Mind: This is one of her favorite works. In normal calligraphy touch, the letter of Mind (kokoro) is mild, stable, and roundish. But she wanted to express that Mind has many aspects, anger, irritation, anxiety, that is why she used angular touch to express mind.)

     

    If you are interested in more detailed Akane's interview, please look at the link below. I am happy to introduce her if you are interested in getting touch with her, please contac us.

     

    contact@doyoulikewashi.com

     

     

     

    http://blog.doyoulikewashi.com/?eid=165

    http://blog.doyoulikewashi.com/?eid=166

     

    金森朱音、Akane Kanamori

     

     

    金森朱音

    JUGEMテーマ:書道

     


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      ENGLISH ] "Life would be easier if you don't compare yourself with others."


      I visited a small buddism temple called Manju-In in Kyoto in December.

      I am not the buddist at the beginning of this article.

      I am not the religious person either, I must say.

      In fact, when I was an exchange student in Oregon, I was honored to be given baptized.

       

      The image of Buddism in Japan is so-called Funeral Religion in a big aspect.

      Most of people in Japan celebrate Christmas as a commercial reason.

      Most of people in Japan visit shrine on the New Years Date to ask for Shinto God to support for full year.

      But, majority of people will use Buddiism Ceremonies for funeral.

      Monks come to funeral to give prayers.

       

      Visiting temple as a tourist is nothing to do with these religious background.

      We are visiting those temples to feel histories, as some of them are 1200 years old.



      My wife and I enjoyed visiting this Manju-in Temple.

      It was so quiet, and fortunately no tourists were there.

      While we were walking through the hallway, happned to find the unique calendar.

      It was 30 pages calendar and each page contains the advice of Buddist monk.

      So, everyday you need to turn each page to see these advice.

      At the bottom of each page English translation is posted.

      It might be a gateway for some foreign visitors to understand the content of Buddism.

       

       

       

       

       

       

      Advice are those Mr. Ara, who used to be the top of Hierchy in Hawaii, Tendai-Shu.

       

      JUGEMテーマ:日記・一般


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        ENGLISH ] Launched a new Kanji Learning Course at UDEMY (internet learning course)


        I belong to the team called Team YKY, which is a Udemy teaching group for Japanese Kanji and Calligraphy Course. We launched the new program on Dec. 31st. Now we have over 750 newly registered students. UDEMY is an internet based learning course for various matters. Our course is targetting two group of student: Students who want to learn 100 Kanji in 60 days for pronunciation, translation, and writing. Students who want to learn Japanese Calligraphy basic for Technical, Artistic, and broad knowledge of Kanji, this course will be a terrific program. If you are interested in learning Kanji through Udemy, our course is curently offered at free. Please take a look and join our course.

         

        https://www.udemy.com/kanji_shodo/learn/v4/overview

         

        Instructor is Kan-Oh, Nagata who was awarded the top at General Pubic Division of Mainichi Shodo Exhibition in 2017 at the age of 30. Mainich Shodo Exhibition is the highest ranked Calligraphy Competition in Japan. More than 30,000 participation, and just about 200 were awarded for top Mainichi Prize, the highest ranked. It is a rare opportunity for a student who likes to learn Kanji and Calligraphy to get this kind of high ranked instructor.

         

        I, Yoshi,  do the English translation and Yukko does the IT & Camera. Team YKY name come from, Yukko, Kan-Oh, and Yoshi. Please take a look, and hopefully we will see you in the course.

         

        This is our UDEMY site.

         

        https://www.udemy.com/kanji_shodo/learn/v4/overview

         

        FIVE is like this. Every Kanji we teach you shows stroke orders.

         


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