About a mat

Japanese calligraphy

For Sumi-E and Japanese Calligraphy, you will also need a felt mat to paint on.

Black or green felt mat (or any colors) is used for calligraphy but white mat is used for Sumi-E paintings. The reasons for using different color mat is because in Sumi-E painting you need to see the color well. With black mat on the bottom, the thin rice paper tends to show through the mat color. So, it’s better to use a white mat to be able to see the delicate color while painting.

The felt mat also protects your table or desk surface from getting wet with Sumi or water, and prevents the wet paper from sticking to the table, and prevents the paper from moving during painting.

You can also find grid painted mats and they are very useful for practicing.

 

Read More

About Bokujyu ink

Japanese calligraphy

Ready to use Sumi inks are called Bokujyu in Japanese. They are liquid Sumi and last a while in the bottle.

It is very handy to use for a quick practice, but it often doesn’t create the beautiful Sumi ink characteristics such as color gradation. Because creating your own Sumi ink with Suzuri is an important part of Shodo practice, a way to calm and clear your mind, you should use Bokujyu wisely.

Read More

About Suzuri

Japanese calligraphy

There are some materials that you need for starting Shodo (Japanese Calligraphy) and Simi-E.

Suzuri, an inkstone, is one of the main items.

An inkstone is a stone mortar for the grinding and containment of ink.

There are ones that are made with plastic, but it doesn’t work well and makes a loud noise. So, I highly recommend you purchase a real, stone Suzuri.

There are many shapes and price ranges for Suzuri to choose from.

How to make ink

You put some fresh water into the well part – it’s called “Umi” (literally “ocean”), and grind Sumi-ink on the hill area called either “Riku” or “Oka” – land and hill.

You then move some water from the Umi area and start to grind the ink at the Oka area. Make sure you make Sumi ink a circular motion and release the created ink into the ocean and repeat the process until the ink gets to a desired darkness.

How to check if the ink is strong enough to start writing.

Good, thickened, dark Sumi usually doesn’t bleed too much on rice paper yet it is smooth enough to let the brush to move freely. Always test the doneness of the ink on some rice paper before you start doing Shodo.

Read More

About Sumi Ink

Japanese calligraphy

Sumi Ink stick is called just Sumi in Japanese. It’s made of oil based soot or pine based soot.

Prices vary depending on the materials and if it is aged. For beginner to intermediate learners, you can find good enough Sumi in the price range between US$5 to  US$15. (as of 2019)

There are some Blue-ish colored Sumi, but you should have a standard black one for regular practice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Read More

About Fude – Bamboo Brushes

Japanese calligraphy

There are so many Fude (Bamboo Brushes) to choose from.

For a beginner Japanese calligrapher, I recommend you find a minimum of two brushes to start with. One large brush and one small brush. Kengo 兼毫 style brushes would be a good one to start with.

There are many materials to create bamboo brushes. All natural, non synthetic ones are the best. For example, sheep fur, horse hair, weasel hair (sometimes called wolf hair), and others are examples of natural materials.

Kengo 兼毫 brush means both hard and soft. It’s not too soft nor too hard, thus it’s easy to work with for beginners to intermediate level learners.

For the handle, natural bamboo is light weight and good. There are two kind of shapes for the handle, one has wider round part at the end (Daruma-Fude), another one is straight bamboo stick. For small handed people, it’s easier to handle with the Daruma-Fude, because the handle is narrower.

What is the good brush? 

Good brushes have good points on the top of the brush, and it bounces back to straight after you press down on it.

Prices of a brushes range widely. Some cheap brushes work enough for beginners, but there are some brushes that have too bad quality that it’s not worth it for you to buy.  You should ask your teacher for advice on brushes.

You need different brushes to adjust to what you do

It’s same with any fine art, kinds of brushes are very important to perform well on what you want to achieve. It’s definitely better to use good matching brushes for your content and personal style.

 

Read More

My Sumi Art Class start from January 4th. ’19 at the Potocki Center For The Arts, Mission Viejo, CA

Japanese calligraphy

If you’d like to start Sumi brush painting(Sumi-E) and brush writings (Japanese Calligraphy), come join me at the Potocki Center For The Arts in Mission Viejo, CA.

My brand new Sumi Art class is starting from Jan. 4, 2019.

Please visit the city website and search by my name, Yoko Collin, to register. Space is limited.

https://cityofmissionviejo.org/departments/recreation/online-activity-registration

There are also some other wonderful classes to sign up, so please take a look.

 

Read More

What is “Shodo”, Japanese Calligraphy

Japanese calligraphy

Shodo is a Japanese word for Japanese Calligraphy, and it is written 書道. The first characator, , means “writing”, and the second character, , means “path” or “way of life”.

The Kanji (Chinese character), is often associated with many names of other Japanese

cultural activities, like 華道 Japanese flower arrangment、茶道 Japanese tea ceremony、柔道 Jyu-do、空手道 Karate-doand 剣道 Ken-do. It represents that those cultural activities and martial arts are not just learning things but they are a “way of life”.

In Shodo, it is the use of sumi paint and bamboo brushes to create calligraphy.

It’s history is very long, going back more than 2000 years. It was originally started in China, then came to Japan around the 6th century. It was part as part of Zen buddhism culture which developed in Japan.

 Japanese word, 龍 — Ryu : dragon

Read More

What does Japanese Calligraphy and Sumi-E painting mean for me?

Japanese calligraphy

Since I was a little, I used to go to Shodo (Japanese Calligraphy) class every Sunday. My late father was a Shodo teacher and tought local children. I used to go to the community center one hour early with my father and helped him to set up and then tear down tables and mats. During the class time I was a student. I rememer that my father was always smiling and very happy during teaching calligraphy. He loved not only Shodo but teaching children as well.

I rememer that he was doing some Sumi-e paintings at home also. He often painting while looking at a sample paintings from different sumi-e books. It looked like a very difficult thing for me at that time.

I was doing Calligraphy practice every weekend until graduating Jr. High school, but I was gradually getting too busy with school activities and others things during high school era, and I was distanced from Shodo.

Many years later, after on and off bringing out some Shodo materials to write, now I’m doing Shodo and Sumi-e daily. I feel that I finally came back to my roots. I’ve been doing drawings and oil and acrylic paintings for many years. Now, I deeply appreciate my father and my heritage. I finally came to the point that I can truly understand and appreciate my cultural heritage more than ever.

Read More

About a mat

Japanese calligraphy

For Sumi-E and Japanese Calligraphy, you will also need a felt mat to paint on.

Black or green felt mat (or any colors) is used for calligraphy but white mat is used for Sumi-E paintings. The reasons for using different color mat is because in Sumi-E painting you need to see the color well. With black mat on the bottom, the thin rice paper tends to show through the mat color. So, it’s better to use a white mat to be able to see the delicate color while painting.

The felt mat also protects your table or desk surface from getting wet with Sumi or water, and prevents the wet paper from sticking to the table, and prevents the paper from moving during painting.

You can also find grid painted mats and they are very useful for practicing.

 

Read More

About Bokujyu ink

Japanese calligraphy

Ready to use Sumi inks are called Bokujyu in Japanese. They are liquid Sumi and last a while in the bottle.

It is very handy to use for a quick practice, but it often doesn’t create the beautiful Sumi ink characteristics such as color gradation. Because creating your own Sumi ink with Suzuri is an important part of Shodo practice, a way to calm and clear your mind, you should use Bokujyu wisely.

Read More

About Suzuri

Japanese calligraphy

There are some materials that you need for starting Shodo (Japanese Calligraphy) and Simi-E.

Suzuri, an inkstone, is one of the main items.

An inkstone is a stone mortar for the grinding and containment of ink.

There are ones that are made with plastic, but it doesn’t work well and makes a loud noise. So, I highly recommend you purchase a real, stone Suzuri.

There are many shapes and price ranges for Suzuri to choose from.

How to make ink

You put some fresh water into the well part – it’s called “Umi” (literally “ocean”), and grind Sumi-ink on the hill area called either “Riku” or “Oka” – land and hill.

You then move some water from the Umi area and start to grind the ink at the Oka area. Make sure you make Sumi ink a circular motion and release the created ink into the ocean and repeat the process until the ink gets to a desired darkness.

How to check if the ink is strong enough to start writing.

Good, thickened, dark Sumi usually doesn’t bleed too much on rice paper yet it is smooth enough to let the brush to move freely. Always test the doneness of the ink on some rice paper before you start doing Shodo.

Read More

About Sumi Ink

Japanese calligraphy

Sumi Ink stick is called just Sumi in Japanese. It’s made of oil based soot or pine based soot.

Prices vary depending on the materials and if it is aged. For beginner to intermediate learners, you can find good enough Sumi in the price range between US$5 to  US$15. (as of 2019)

There are some Blue-ish colored Sumi, but you should have a standard black one for regular practice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Read More

About Fude – Bamboo Brushes

Japanese calligraphy

There are so many Fude (Bamboo Brushes) to choose from.

For a beginner Japanese calligrapher, I recommend you find a minimum of two brushes to start with. One large brush and one small brush. Kengo 兼毫 style brushes would be a good one to start with.

There are many materials to create bamboo brushes. All natural, non synthetic ones are the best. For example, sheep fur, horse hair, weasel hair (sometimes called wolf hair), and others are examples of natural materials.

Kengo 兼毫 brush means both hard and soft. It’s not too soft nor too hard, thus it’s easy to work with for beginners to intermediate level learners.

For the handle, natural bamboo is light weight and good. There are two kind of shapes for the handle, one has wider round part at the end (Daruma-Fude), another one is straight bamboo stick. For small handed people, it’s easier to handle with the Daruma-Fude, because the handle is narrower.

What is the good brush? 

Good brushes have good points on the top of the brush, and it bounces back to straight after you press down on it.

Prices of a brushes range widely. Some cheap brushes work enough for beginners, but there are some brushes that have too bad quality that it’s not worth it for you to buy.  You should ask your teacher for advice on brushes.

You need different brushes to adjust to what you do

It’s same with any fine art, kinds of brushes are very important to perform well on what you want to achieve. It’s definitely better to use good matching brushes for your content and personal style.

 

Read More

My Sumi Art Class start from January 4th. ’19 at the Potocki Center For The Arts, Mission Viejo, CA

Japanese calligraphy

If you’d like to start Sumi brush painting(Sumi-E) and brush writings (Japanese Calligraphy), come join me at the Potocki Center For The Arts in Mission Viejo, CA.

My brand new Sumi Art class is starting from Jan. 4, 2019.

Please visit the city website and search by my name, Yoko Collin, to register. Space is limited.

https://cityofmissionviejo.org/departments/recreation/online-activity-registration

There are also some other wonderful classes to sign up, so please take a look.

 

Read More

What is “Shodo”, Japanese Calligraphy

Japanese calligraphy

Shodo is a Japanese word for Japanese Calligraphy, and it is written 書道. The first characator, , means “writing”, and the second character, , means “path” or “way of life”.

The Kanji (Chinese character), is often associated with many names of other Japanese

cultural activities, like 華道 Japanese flower arrangment、茶道 Japanese tea ceremony、柔道 Jyu-do、空手道 Karate-doand 剣道 Ken-do. It represents that those cultural activities and martial arts are not just learning things but they are a “way of life”.

In Shodo, it is the use of sumi paint and bamboo brushes to create calligraphy.

It’s history is very long, going back more than 2000 years. It was originally started in China, then came to Japan around the 6th century. It was part as part of Zen buddhism culture which developed in Japan.

 Japanese word, 龍 — Ryu : dragon

Read More

What does Japanese Calligraphy and Sumi-E painting mean for me?

Japanese calligraphy

Since I was a little, I used to go to Shodo (Japanese Calligraphy) class every Sunday. My late father was a Shodo teacher and tought local children. I used to go to the community center one hour early with my father and helped him to set up and then tear down tables and mats. During the class time I was a student. I rememer that my father was always smiling and very happy during teaching calligraphy. He loved not only Shodo but teaching children as well.

I rememer that he was doing some Sumi-e paintings at home also. He often painting while looking at a sample paintings from different sumi-e books. It looked like a very difficult thing for me at that time.

I was doing Calligraphy practice every weekend until graduating Jr. High school, but I was gradually getting too busy with school activities and others things during high school era, and I was distanced from Shodo.

Many years later, after on and off bringing out some Shodo materials to write, now I’m doing Shodo and Sumi-e daily. I feel that I finally came back to my roots. I’ve been doing drawings and oil and acrylic paintings for many years. Now, I deeply appreciate my father and my heritage. I finally came to the point that I can truly understand and appreciate my cultural heritage more than ever.

Read More

About a mat

Japanese calligraphy

For Sumi-E and Japanese Calligraphy, you will also need a felt mat to paint on.

Black or green felt mat (or any colors) is used for calligraphy but white mat is used for Sumi-E paintings. The reasons for using different color mat is because in Sumi-E painting you need to see the color well. With black mat on the bottom, the thin rice paper tends to show through the mat color. So, it’s better to use a white mat to be able to see the delicate color while painting.

The felt mat also protects your table or desk surface from getting wet with Sumi or water, and prevents the wet paper from sticking to the table, and prevents the paper from moving during painting.

You can also find grid painted mats and they are very useful for practicing.

 

Read More

About Bokujyu ink

Japanese calligraphy

Ready to use Sumi inks are called Bokujyu in Japanese. They are liquid Sumi and last a while in the bottle.

It is very handy to use for a quick practice, but it often doesn’t create the beautiful Sumi ink characteristics such as color gradation. Because creating your own Sumi ink with Suzuri is an important part of Shodo practice, a way to calm and clear your mind, you should use Bokujyu wisely.

Read More

About Suzuri

Japanese calligraphy

There are some materials that you need for starting Shodo (Japanese Calligraphy) and Simi-E.

Suzuri, an inkstone, is one of the main items.

An inkstone is a stone mortar for the grinding and containment of ink.

There are ones that are made with plastic, but it doesn’t work well and makes a loud noise. So, I highly recommend you purchase a real, stone Suzuri.

There are many shapes and price ranges for Suzuri to choose from.

How to make ink

You put some fresh water into the well part – it’s called “Umi” (literally “ocean”), and grind Sumi-ink on the hill area called either “Riku” or “Oka” – land and hill.

You then move some water from the Umi area and start to grind the ink at the Oka area. Make sure you make Sumi ink a circular motion and release the created ink into the ocean and repeat the process until the ink gets to a desired darkness.

How to check if the ink is strong enough to start writing.

Good, thickened, dark Sumi usually doesn’t bleed too much on rice paper yet it is smooth enough to let the brush to move freely. Always test the doneness of the ink on some rice paper before you start doing Shodo.

Read More

About Sumi Ink

Japanese calligraphy

Sumi Ink stick is called just Sumi in Japanese. It’s made of oil based soot or pine based soot.

Prices vary depending on the materials and if it is aged. For beginner to intermediate learners, you can find good enough Sumi in the price range between US$5 to  US$15. (as of 2019)

There are some Blue-ish colored Sumi, but you should have a standard black one for regular practice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Read More

About Fude – Bamboo Brushes

Japanese calligraphy

There are so many Fude (Bamboo Brushes) to choose from.

For a beginner Japanese calligrapher, I recommend you find a minimum of two brushes to start with. One large brush and one small brush. Kengo 兼毫 style brushes would be a good one to start with.

There are many materials to create bamboo brushes. All natural, non synthetic ones are the best. For example, sheep fur, horse hair, weasel hair (sometimes called wolf hair), and others are examples of natural materials.

Kengo 兼毫 brush means both hard and soft. It’s not too soft nor too hard, thus it’s easy to work with for beginners to intermediate level learners.

For the handle, natural bamboo is light weight and good. There are two kind of shapes for the handle, one has wider round part at the end (Daruma-Fude), another one is straight bamboo stick. For small handed people, it’s easier to handle with the Daruma-Fude, because the handle is narrower.

What is the good brush? 

Good brushes have good points on the top of the brush, and it bounces back to straight after you press down on it.

Prices of a brushes range widely. Some cheap brushes work enough for beginners, but there are some brushes that have too bad quality that it’s not worth it for you to buy.  You should ask your teacher for advice on brushes.

You need different brushes to adjust to what you do

It’s same with any fine art, kinds of brushes are very important to perform well on what you want to achieve. It’s definitely better to use good matching brushes for your content and personal style.

 

Read More

My Sumi Art Class start from January 4th. ’19 at the Potocki Center For The Arts, Mission Viejo, CA

Japanese calligraphy

If you’d like to start Sumi brush painting(Sumi-E) and brush writings (Japanese Calligraphy), come join me at the Potocki Center For The Arts in Mission Viejo, CA.

My brand new Sumi Art class is starting from Jan. 4, 2019.

Please visit the city website and search by my name, Yoko Collin, to register. Space is limited.

https://cityofmissionviejo.org/departments/recreation/online-activity-registration

There are also some other wonderful classes to sign up, so please take a look.

 

Read More

What is “Shodo”, Japanese Calligraphy

Japanese calligraphy

Shodo is a Japanese word for Japanese Calligraphy, and it is written 書道. The first characator, , means “writing”, and the second character, , means “path” or “way of life”.

The Kanji (Chinese character), is often associated with many names of other Japanese

cultural activities, like 華道 Japanese flower arrangment、茶道 Japanese tea ceremony、柔道 Jyu-do、空手道 Karate-doand 剣道 Ken-do. It represents that those cultural activities and martial arts are not just learning things but they are a “way of life”.

In Shodo, it is the use of sumi paint and bamboo brushes to create calligraphy.

It’s history is very long, going back more than 2000 years. It was originally started in China, then came to Japan around the 6th century. It was part as part of Zen buddhism culture which developed in Japan.

 Japanese word, 龍 — Ryu : dragon

Read More

What does Japanese Calligraphy and Sumi-E painting mean for me?

Japanese calligraphy

Since I was a little, I used to go to Shodo (Japanese Calligraphy) class every Sunday. My late father was a Shodo teacher and tought local children. I used to go to the community center one hour early with my father and helped him to set up and then tear down tables and mats. During the class time I was a student. I rememer that my father was always smiling and very happy during teaching calligraphy. He loved not only Shodo but teaching children as well.

I rememer that he was doing some Sumi-e paintings at home also. He often painting while looking at a sample paintings from different sumi-e books. It looked like a very difficult thing for me at that time.

I was doing Calligraphy practice every weekend until graduating Jr. High school, but I was gradually getting too busy with school activities and others things during high school era, and I was distanced from Shodo.

Many years later, after on and off bringing out some Shodo materials to write, now I’m doing Shodo and Sumi-e daily. I feel that I finally came back to my roots. I’ve been doing drawings and oil and acrylic paintings for many years. Now, I deeply appreciate my father and my heritage. I finally came to the point that I can truly understand and appreciate my cultural heritage more than ever.

Read More

About a mat

Japanese calligraphy

For Sumi-E and Japanese Calligraphy, you will also need a felt mat to paint on.

Black or green felt mat (or any colors) is used for calligraphy but white mat is used for Sumi-E paintings. The reasons for using different color mat is because in Sumi-E painting you need to see the color well. With black mat on the bottom, the thin rice paper tends to show through the mat color. So, it’s better to use a white mat to be able to see the delicate color while painting.

The felt mat also protects your table or desk surface from getting wet with Sumi or water, and prevents the wet paper from sticking to the table, and prevents the paper from moving during painting.

You can also find grid painted mats and they are very useful for practicing.

 

Read More

About Bokujyu ink

Japanese calligraphy

Ready to use Sumi inks are called Bokujyu in Japanese. They are liquid Sumi and last a while in the bottle.

It is very handy to use for a quick practice, but it often doesn’t create the beautiful Sumi ink characteristics such as color gradation. Because creating your own Sumi ink with Suzuri is an important part of Shodo practice, a way to calm and clear your mind, you should use Bokujyu wisely.

Read More

About Suzuri

Japanese calligraphy

There are some materials that you need for starting Shodo (Japanese Calligraphy) and Simi-E.

Suzuri, an inkstone, is one of the main items.

An inkstone is a stone mortar for the grinding and containment of ink.

There are ones that are made with plastic, but it doesn’t work well and makes a loud noise. So, I highly recommend you purchase a real, stone Suzuri.

There are many shapes and price ranges for Suzuri to choose from.

How to make ink

You put some fresh water into the well part – it’s called “Umi” (literally “ocean”), and grind Sumi-ink on the hill area called either “Riku” or “Oka” – land and hill.

You then move some water from the Umi area and start to grind the ink at the Oka area. Make sure you make Sumi ink a circular motion and release the created ink into the ocean and repeat the process until the ink gets to a desired darkness.

How to check if the ink is strong enough to start writing.

Good, thickened, dark Sumi usually doesn’t bleed too much on rice paper yet it is smooth enough to let the brush to move freely. Always test the doneness of the ink on some rice paper before you start doing Shodo.

Read More

About Sumi Ink

Japanese calligraphy

Sumi Ink stick is called just Sumi in Japanese. It’s made of oil based soot or pine based soot.

Prices vary depending on the materials and if it is aged. For beginner to intermediate learners, you can find good enough Sumi in the price range between US$5 to  US$15. (as of 2019)

There are some Blue-ish colored Sumi, but you should have a standard black one for regular practice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Read More

About Fude – Bamboo Brushes

Japanese calligraphy

There are so many Fude (Bamboo Brushes) to choose from.

For a beginner Japanese calligrapher, I recommend you find a minimum of two brushes to start with. One large brush and one small brush. Kengo 兼毫 style brushes would be a good one to start with.

There are many materials to create bamboo brushes. All natural, non synthetic ones are the best. For example, sheep fur, horse hair, weasel hair (sometimes called wolf hair), and others are examples of natural materials.

Kengo 兼毫 brush means both hard and soft. It’s not too soft nor too hard, thus it’s easy to work with for beginners to intermediate level learners.

For the handle, natural bamboo is light weight and good. There are two kind of shapes for the handle, one has wider round part at the end (Daruma-Fude), another one is straight bamboo stick. For small handed people, it’s easier to handle with the Daruma-Fude, because the handle is narrower.

What is the good brush? 

Good brushes have good points on the top of the brush, and it bounces back to straight after you press down on it.

Prices of a brushes range widely. Some cheap brushes work enough for beginners, but there are some brushes that have too bad quality that it’s not worth it for you to buy.  You should ask your teacher for advice on brushes.

You need different brushes to adjust to what you do

It’s same with any fine art, kinds of brushes are very important to perform well on what you want to achieve. It’s definitely better to use good matching brushes for your content and personal style.

 

Read More

My Sumi Art Class start from January 4th. ’19 at the Potocki Center For The Arts, Mission Viejo, CA

Japanese calligraphy

If you’d like to start Sumi brush painting(Sumi-E) and brush writings (Japanese Calligraphy), come join me at the Potocki Center For The Arts in Mission Viejo, CA.

My brand new Sumi Art class is starting from Jan. 4, 2019.

Please visit the city website and search by my name, Yoko Collin, to register. Space is limited.

https://cityofmissionviejo.org/departments/recreation/online-activity-registration

There are also some other wonderful classes to sign up, so please take a look.

 

Read More

What is “Shodo”, Japanese Calligraphy

Japanese calligraphy

Shodo is a Japanese word for Japanese Calligraphy, and it is written 書道. The first characator, , means “writing”, and the second character, , means “path” or “way of life”.

The Kanji (Chinese character), is often associated with many names of other Japanese

cultural activities, like 華道 Japanese flower arrangment、茶道 Japanese tea ceremony、柔道 Jyu-do、空手道 Karate-doand 剣道 Ken-do. It represents that those cultural activities and martial arts are not just learning things but they are a “way of life”.

In Shodo, it is the use of sumi paint and bamboo brushes to create calligraphy.

It’s history is very long, going back more than 2000 years. It was originally started in China, then came to Japan around the 6th century. It was part as part of Zen buddhism culture which developed in Japan.

 Japanese word, 龍 — Ryu : dragon

Read More

What does Japanese Calligraphy and Sumi-E painting mean for me?

Japanese calligraphy

Since I was a little, I used to go to Shodo (Japanese Calligraphy) class every Sunday. My late father was a Shodo teacher and tought local children. I used to go to the community center one hour early with my father and helped him to set up and then tear down tables and mats. During the class time I was a student. I rememer that my father was always smiling and very happy during teaching calligraphy. He loved not only Shodo but teaching children as well.

I rememer that he was doing some Sumi-e paintings at home also. He often painting while looking at a sample paintings from different sumi-e books. It looked like a very difficult thing for me at that time.

I was doing Calligraphy practice every weekend until graduating Jr. High school, but I was gradually getting too busy with school activities and others things during high school era, and I was distanced from Shodo.

Many years later, after on and off bringing out some Shodo materials to write, now I’m doing Shodo and Sumi-e daily. I feel that I finally came back to my roots. I’ve been doing drawings and oil and acrylic paintings for many years. Now, I deeply appreciate my father and my heritage. I finally came to the point that I can truly understand and appreciate my cultural heritage more than ever.

Read More

About a mat

Japanese calligraphy

For Sumi-E and Japanese Calligraphy, you will also need a felt mat to paint on.

Black or green felt mat (or any colors) is used for calligraphy but white mat is used for Sumi-E paintings. The reasons for using different color mat is because in Sumi-E painting you need to see the color well. With black mat on the bottom, the thin rice paper tends to show through the mat color. So, it’s better to use a white mat to be able to see the delicate color while painting.

The felt mat also protects your table or desk surface from getting wet with Sumi or water, and prevents the wet paper from sticking to the table, and prevents the paper from moving during painting.

You can also find grid painted mats and they are very useful for practicing.

 

Read More

About Bokujyu ink

Japanese calligraphy

Ready to use Sumi inks are called Bokujyu in Japanese. They are liquid Sumi and last a while in the bottle.

It is very handy to use for a quick practice, but it often doesn’t create the beautiful Sumi ink characteristics such as color gradation. Because creating your own Sumi ink with Suzuri is an important part of Shodo practice, a way to calm and clear your mind, you should use Bokujyu wisely.

Read More

About Suzuri

Japanese calligraphy

There are some materials that you need for starting Shodo (Japanese Calligraphy) and Simi-E.

Suzuri, an inkstone, is one of the main items.

An inkstone is a stone mortar for the grinding and containment of ink.

There are ones that are made with plastic, but it doesn’t work well and makes a loud noise. So, I highly recommend you purchase a real, stone Suzuri.

There are many shapes and price ranges for Suzuri to choose from.

How to make ink

You put some fresh water into the well part – it’s called “Umi” (literally “ocean”), and grind Sumi-ink on the hill area called either “Riku” or “Oka” – land and hill.

You then move some water from the Umi area and start to grind the ink at the Oka area. Make sure you make Sumi ink a circular motion and release the created ink into the ocean and repeat the process until the ink gets to a desired darkness.

How to check if the ink is strong enough to start writing.

Good, thickened, dark Sumi usually doesn’t bleed too much on rice paper yet it is smooth enough to let the brush to move freely. Always test the doneness of the ink on some rice paper before you start doing Shodo.

Read More

About Sumi Ink

Japanese calligraphy

Sumi Ink stick is called just Sumi in Japanese. It’s made of oil based soot or pine based soot.

Prices vary depending on the materials and if it is aged. For beginner to intermediate learners, you can find good enough Sumi in the price range between US$5 to  US$15. (as of 2019)

There are some Blue-ish colored Sumi, but you should have a standard black one for regular practice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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About Fude – Bamboo Brushes

Japanese calligraphy

There are so many Fude (Bamboo Brushes) to choose from.

For a beginner Japanese calligrapher, I recommend you find a minimum of two brushes to start with. One large brush and one small brush. Kengo 兼毫 style brushes would be a good one to start with.

There are many materials to create bamboo brushes. All natural, non synthetic ones are the best. For example, sheep fur, horse hair, weasel hair (sometimes called wolf hair), and others are examples of natural materials.

Kengo 兼毫 brush means both hard and soft. It’s not too soft nor too hard, thus it’s easy to work with for beginners to intermediate level learners.

For the handle, natural bamboo is light weight and good. There are two kind of shapes for the handle, one has wider round part at the end (Daruma-Fude), another one is straight bamboo stick. For small handed people, it’s easier to handle with the Daruma-Fude, because the handle is narrower.

What is the good brush? 

Good brushes have good points on the top of the brush, and it bounces back to straight after you press down on it.

Prices of a brushes range widely. Some cheap brushes work enough for beginners, but there are some brushes that have too bad quality that it’s not worth it for you to buy.  You should ask your teacher for advice on brushes.

You need different brushes to adjust to what you do

It’s same with any fine art, kinds of brushes are very important to perform well on what you want to achieve. It’s definitely better to use good matching brushes for your content and personal style.

 

Read More

My Sumi Art Class start from January 4th. ’19 at the Potocki Center For The Arts, Mission Viejo, CA

Japanese calligraphy

If you’d like to start Sumi brush painting(Sumi-E) and brush writings (Japanese Calligraphy), come join me at the Potocki Center For The Arts in Mission Viejo, CA.

My brand new Sumi Art class is starting from Jan. 4, 2019.

Please visit the city website and search by my name, Yoko Collin, to register. Space is limited.

https://cityofmissionviejo.org/departments/recreation/online-activity-registration

There are also some other wonderful classes to sign up, so please take a look.

 

Read More

What is “Shodo”, Japanese Calligraphy

Japanese calligraphy

Shodo is a Japanese word for Japanese Calligraphy, and it is written 書道. The first characator, , means “writing”, and the second character, , means “path” or “way of life”.

The Kanji (Chinese character), is often associated with many names of other Japanese

cultural activities, like 華道 Japanese flower arrangment、茶道 Japanese tea ceremony、柔道 Jyu-do、空手道 Karate-doand 剣道 Ken-do. It represents that those cultural activities and martial arts are not just learning things but they are a “way of life”.

In Shodo, it is the use of sumi paint and bamboo brushes to create calligraphy.

It’s history is very long, going back more than 2000 years. It was originally started in China, then came to Japan around the 6th century. It was part as part of Zen buddhism culture which developed in Japan.

 Japanese word, 龍 — Ryu : dragon

Read More

What does Japanese Calligraphy and Sumi-E painting mean for me?

Japanese calligraphy

Since I was a little, I used to go to Shodo (Japanese Calligraphy) class every Sunday. My late father was a Shodo teacher and tought local children. I used to go to the community center one hour early with my father and helped him to set up and then tear down tables and mats. During the class time I was a student. I rememer that my father was always smiling and very happy during teaching calligraphy. He loved not only Shodo but teaching children as well.

I rememer that he was doing some Sumi-e paintings at home also. He often painting while looking at a sample paintings from different sumi-e books. It looked like a very difficult thing for me at that time.

I was doing Calligraphy practice every weekend until graduating Jr. High school, but I was gradually getting too busy with school activities and others things during high school era, and I was distanced from Shodo.

Many years later, after on and off bringing out some Shodo materials to write, now I’m doing Shodo and Sumi-e daily. I feel that I finally came back to my roots. I’ve been doing drawings and oil and acrylic paintings for many years. Now, I deeply appreciate my father and my heritage. I finally came to the point that I can truly understand and appreciate my cultural heritage more than ever.

Read More

About a mat

Japanese calligraphy

For Sumi-E and Japanese Calligraphy, you will also need a felt mat to paint on.

Black or green felt mat (or any colors) is used for calligraphy but white mat is used for Sumi-E paintings. The reasons for using different color mat is because in Sumi-E painting you need to see the color well. With black mat on the bottom, the thin rice paper tends to show through the mat color. So, it’s better to use a white mat to be able to see the delicate color while painting.

The felt mat also protects your table or desk surface from getting wet with Sumi or water, and prevents the wet paper from sticking to the table, and prevents the paper from moving during painting.

You can also find grid painted mats and they are very useful for practicing.

 

Read More

About Bokujyu ink

Japanese calligraphy

Ready to use Sumi inks are called Bokujyu in Japanese. They are liquid Sumi and last a while in the bottle.

It is very handy to use for a quick practice, but it often doesn’t create the beautiful Sumi ink characteristics such as color gradation. Because creating your own Sumi ink with Suzuri is an important part of Shodo practice, a way to calm and clear your mind, you should use Bokujyu wisely.

Read More

About Suzuri

Japanese calligraphy

There are some materials that you need for starting Shodo (Japanese Calligraphy) and Simi-E.

Suzuri, an inkstone, is one of the main items.

An inkstone is a stone mortar for the grinding and containment of ink.

There are ones that are made with plastic, but it doesn’t work well and makes a loud noise. So, I highly recommend you purchase a real, stone Suzuri.

There are many shapes and price ranges for Suzuri to choose from.

How to make ink

You put some fresh water into the well part – it’s called “Umi” (literally “ocean”), and grind Sumi-ink on the hill area called either “Riku” or “Oka” – land and hill.

You then move some water from the Umi area and start to grind the ink at the Oka area. Make sure you make Sumi ink a circular motion and release the created ink into the ocean and repeat the process until the ink gets to a desired darkness.

How to check if the ink is strong enough to start writing.

Good, thickened, dark Sumi usually doesn’t bleed too much on rice paper yet it is smooth enough to let the brush to move freely. Always test the doneness of the ink on some rice paper before you start doing Shodo.

Read More

About Sumi Ink

Japanese calligraphy

Sumi Ink stick is called just Sumi in Japanese. It’s made of oil based soot or pine based soot.

Prices vary depending on the materials and if it is aged. For beginner to intermediate learners, you can find good enough Sumi in the price range between US$5 to  US$15. (as of 2019)

There are some Blue-ish colored Sumi, but you should have a standard black one for regular practice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Read More

About Fude – Bamboo Brushes

Japanese calligraphy

There are so many Fude (Bamboo Brushes) to choose from.

For a beginner Japanese calligrapher, I recommend you find a minimum of two brushes to start with. One large brush and one small brush. Kengo 兼毫 style brushes would be a good one to start with.

There are many materials to create bamboo brushes. All natural, non synthetic ones are the best. For example, sheep fur, horse hair, weasel hair (sometimes called wolf hair), and others are examples of natural materials.

Kengo 兼毫 brush means both hard and soft. It’s not too soft nor too hard, thus it’s easy to work with for beginners to intermediate level learners.

For the handle, natural bamboo is light weight and good. There are two kind of shapes for the handle, one has wider round part at the end (Daruma-Fude), another one is straight bamboo stick. For small handed people, it’s easier to handle with the Daruma-Fude, because the handle is narrower.

What is the good brush? 

Good brushes have good points on the top of the brush, and it bounces back to straight after you press down on it.

Prices of a brushes range widely. Some cheap brushes work enough for beginners, but there are some brushes that have too bad quality that it’s not worth it for you to buy.  You should ask your teacher for advice on brushes.

You need different brushes to adjust to what you do

It’s same with any fine art, kinds of brushes are very important to perform well on what you want to achieve. It’s definitely better to use good matching brushes for your content and personal style.

 

Read More

My Sumi Art Class start from January 4th. ’19 at the Potocki Center For The Arts, Mission Viejo, CA

Japanese calligraphy

If you’d like to start Sumi brush painting(Sumi-E) and brush writings (Japanese Calligraphy), come join me at the Potocki Center For The Arts in Mission Viejo, CA.

My brand new Sumi Art class is starting from Jan. 4, 2019.

Please visit the city website and search by my name, Yoko Collin, to register. Space is limited.

https://cityofmissionviejo.org/departments/recreation/online-activity-registration

There are also some other wonderful classes to sign up, so please take a look.

 

Read More

What is “Shodo”, Japanese Calligraphy

Japanese calligraphy

Shodo is a Japanese word for Japanese Calligraphy, and it is written 書道. The first characator, , means “writing”, and the second character, , means “path” or “way of life”.

The Kanji (Chinese character), is often associated with many names of other Japanese

cultural activities, like 華道 Japanese flower arrangment、茶道 Japanese tea ceremony、柔道 Jyu-do、空手道 Karate-doand 剣道 Ken-do. It represents that those cultural activities and martial arts are not just learning things but they are a “way of life”.

In Shodo, it is the use of sumi paint and bamboo brushes to create calligraphy.

It’s history is very long, going back more than 2000 years. It was originally started in China, then came to Japan around the 6th century. It was part as part of Zen buddhism culture which developed in Japan.

 Japanese word, 龍 — Ryu : dragon

Read More

What does Japanese Calligraphy and Sumi-E painting mean for me?

Japanese calligraphy

Since I was a little, I used to go to Shodo (Japanese Calligraphy) class every Sunday. My late father was a Shodo teacher and tought local children. I used to go to the community center one hour early with my father and helped him to set up and then tear down tables and mats. During the class time I was a student. I rememer that my father was always smiling and very happy during teaching calligraphy. He loved not only Shodo but teaching children as well.

I rememer that he was doing some Sumi-e paintings at home also. He often painting while looking at a sample paintings from different sumi-e books. It looked like a very difficult thing for me at that time.

I was doing Calligraphy practice every weekend until graduating Jr. High school, but I was gradually getting too busy with school activities and others things during high school era, and I was distanced from Shodo.

Many years later, after on and off bringing out some Shodo materials to write, now I’m doing Shodo and Sumi-e daily. I feel that I finally came back to my roots. I’ve been doing drawings and oil and acrylic paintings for many years. Now, I deeply appreciate my father and my heritage. I finally came to the point that I can truly understand and appreciate my cultural heritage more than ever.

Read More

About a mat

Japanese calligraphy

For Sumi-E and Japanese Calligraphy, you will also need a felt mat to paint on.

Black or green felt mat (or any colors) is used for calligraphy but white mat is used for Sumi-E paintings. The reasons for using different color mat is because in Sumi-E painting you need to see the color well. With black mat on the bottom, the thin rice paper tends to show through the mat color. So, it’s better to use a white mat to be able to see the delicate color while painting.

The felt mat also protects your table or desk surface from getting wet with Sumi or water, and prevents the wet paper from sticking to the table, and prevents the paper from moving during painting.

You can also find grid painted mats and they are very useful for practicing.

 

Read More

About Bokujyu ink

Japanese calligraphy

Ready to use Sumi inks are called Bokujyu in Japanese. They are liquid Sumi and last a while in the bottle.

It is very handy to use for a quick practice, but it often doesn’t create the beautiful Sumi ink characteristics such as color gradation. Because creating your own Sumi ink with Suzuri is an important part of Shodo practice, a way to calm and clear your mind, you should use Bokujyu wisely.

Read More

About Suzuri

Japanese calligraphy

There are some materials that you need for starting Shodo (Japanese Calligraphy) and Simi-E.

Suzuri, an inkstone, is one of the main items.

An inkstone is a stone mortar for the grinding and containment of ink.

There are ones that are made with plastic, but it doesn’t work well and makes a loud noise. So, I highly recommend you purchase a real, stone Suzuri.

There are many shapes and price ranges for Suzuri to choose from.

How to make ink

You put some fresh water into the well part – it’s called “Umi” (literally “ocean”), and grind Sumi-ink on the hill area called either “Riku” or “Oka” – land and hill.

You then move some water from the Umi area and start to grind the ink at the Oka area. Make sure you make Sumi ink a circular motion and release the created ink into the ocean and repeat the process until the ink gets to a desired darkness.

How to check if the ink is strong enough to start writing.

Good, thickened, dark Sumi usually doesn’t bleed too much on rice paper yet it is smooth enough to let the brush to move freely. Always test the doneness of the ink on some rice paper before you start doing Shodo.

Read More

About Sumi Ink

Japanese calligraphy

Sumi Ink stick is called just Sumi in Japanese. It’s made of oil based soot or pine based soot.

Prices vary depending on the materials and if it is aged. For beginner to intermediate learners, you can find good enough Sumi in the price range between US$5 to  US$15. (as of 2019)

There are some Blue-ish colored Sumi, but you should have a standard black one for regular practice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Read More

About Fude – Bamboo Brushes

Japanese calligraphy

There are so many Fude (Bamboo Brushes) to choose from.

For a beginner Japanese calligrapher, I recommend you find a minimum of two brushes to start with. One large brush and one small brush. Kengo 兼毫 style brushes would be a good one to start with.

There are many materials to create bamboo brushes. All natural, non synthetic ones are the best. For example, sheep fur, horse hair, weasel hair (sometimes called wolf hair), and others are examples of natural materials.

Kengo 兼毫 brush means both hard and soft. It’s not too soft nor too hard, thus it’s easy to work with for beginners to intermediate level learners.

For the handle, natural bamboo is light weight and good. There are two kind of shapes for the handle, one has wider round part at the end (Daruma-Fude), another one is straight bamboo stick. For small handed people, it’s easier to handle with the Daruma-Fude, because the handle is narrower.

What is the good brush? 

Good brushes have good points on the top of the brush, and it bounces back to straight after you press down on it.

Prices of a brushes range widely. Some cheap brushes work enough for beginners, but there are some brushes that have too bad quality that it’s not worth it for you to buy.  You should ask your teacher for advice on brushes.

You need different brushes to adjust to what you do

It’s same with any fine art, kinds of brushes are very important to perform well on what you want to achieve. It’s definitely better to use good matching brushes for your content and personal style.

 

Read More

My Sumi Art Class start from January 4th. ’19 at the Potocki Center For The Arts, Mission Viejo, CA

Japanese calligraphy

If you’d like to start Sumi brush painting(Sumi-E) and brush writings (Japanese Calligraphy), come join me at the Potocki Center For The Arts in Mission Viejo, CA.

My brand new Sumi Art class is starting from Jan. 4, 2019.

Please visit the city website and search by my name, Yoko Collin, to register. Space is limited.

https://cityofmissionviejo.org/departments/recreation/online-activity-registration

There are also some other wonderful classes to sign up, so please take a look.

 

Read More

What is “Shodo”, Japanese Calligraphy

Japanese calligraphy

Shodo is a Japanese word for Japanese Calligraphy, and it is written 書道. The first characator, , means “writing”, and the second character, , means “path” or “way of life”.

The Kanji (Chinese character), is often associated with many names of other Japanese

cultural activities, like 華道 Japanese flower arrangment、茶道 Japanese tea ceremony、柔道 Jyu-do、空手道 Karate-doand 剣道 Ken-do. It represents that those cultural activities and martial arts are not just learning things but they are a “way of life”.

In Shodo, it is the use of sumi paint and bamboo brushes to create calligraphy.

It’s history is very long, going back more than 2000 years. It was originally started in China, then came to Japan around the 6th century. It was part as part of Zen buddhism culture which developed in Japan.

 Japanese word, 龍 — Ryu : dragon

Read More

What does Japanese Calligraphy and Sumi-E painting mean for me?

Japanese calligraphy

Since I was a little, I used to go to Shodo (Japanese Calligraphy) class every Sunday. My late father was a Shodo teacher and tought local children. I used to go to the community center one hour early with my father and helped him to set up and then tear down tables and mats. During the class time I was a student. I rememer that my father was always smiling and very happy during teaching calligraphy. He loved not only Shodo but teaching children as well.

I rememer that he was doing some Sumi-e paintings at home also. He often painting while looking at a sample paintings from different sumi-e books. It looked like a very difficult thing for me at that time.

I was doing Calligraphy practice every weekend until graduating Jr. High school, but I was gradually getting too busy with school activities and others things during high school era, and I was distanced from Shodo.

Many years later, after on and off bringing out some Shodo materials to write, now I’m doing Shodo and Sumi-e daily. I feel that I finally came back to my roots. I’ve been doing drawings and oil and acrylic paintings for many years. Now, I deeply appreciate my father and my heritage. I finally came to the point that I can truly understand and appreciate my cultural heritage more than ever.

Read More

About a mat

Japanese calligraphy

For Sumi-E and Japanese Calligraphy, you will also need a felt mat to paint on.

Black or green felt mat (or any colors) is used for calligraphy but white mat is used for Sumi-E paintings. The reasons for using different color mat is because in Sumi-E painting you need to see the color well. With black mat on the bottom, the thin rice paper tends to show through the mat color. So, it’s better to use a white mat to be able to see the delicate color while painting.

The felt mat also protects your table or desk surface from getting wet with Sumi or water, and prevents the wet paper from sticking to the table, and prevents the paper from moving during painting.

You can also find grid painted mats and they are very useful for practicing.

 

Read More

About Bokujyu ink

Japanese calligraphy

Ready to use Sumi inks are called Bokujyu in Japanese. They are liquid Sumi and last a while in the bottle.

It is very handy to use for a quick practice, but it often doesn’t create the beautiful Sumi ink characteristics such as color gradation. Because creating your own Sumi ink with Suzuri is an important part of Shodo practice, a way to calm and clear your mind, you should use Bokujyu wisely.

Read More

About Suzuri

Japanese calligraphy

There are some materials that you need for starting Shodo (Japanese Calligraphy) and Simi-E.

Suzuri, an inkstone, is one of the main items.

An inkstone is a stone mortar for the grinding and containment of ink.

There are ones that are made with plastic, but it doesn’t work well and makes a loud noise. So, I highly recommend you purchase a real, stone Suzuri.

There are many shapes and price ranges for Suzuri to choose from.

How to make ink

You put some fresh water into the well part – it’s called “Umi” (literally “ocean”), and grind Sumi-ink on the hill area called either “Riku” or “Oka” – land and hill.

You then move some water from the Umi area and start to grind the ink at the Oka area. Make sure you make Sumi ink a circular motion and release the created ink into the ocean and repeat the process until the ink gets to a desired darkness.

How to check if the ink is strong enough to start writing.

Good, thickened, dark Sumi usually doesn’t bleed too much on rice paper yet it is smooth enough to let the brush to move freely. Always test the doneness of the ink on some rice paper before you start doing Shodo.

Read More

About Sumi Ink

Japanese calligraphy

Sumi Ink stick is called just Sumi in Japanese. It’s made of oil based soot or pine based soot.

Prices vary depending on the materials and if it is aged. For beginner to intermediate learners, you can find good enough Sumi in the price range between US$5 to  US$15. (as of 2019)

There are some Blue-ish colored Sumi, but you should have a standard black one for regular practice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Read More

About Fude – Bamboo Brushes

Japanese calligraphy

There are so many Fude (Bamboo Brushes) to choose from.

For a beginner Japanese calligrapher, I recommend you find a minimum of two brushes to start with. One large brush and one small brush. Kengo 兼毫 style brushes would be a good one to start with.

There are many materials to create bamboo brushes. All natural, non synthetic ones are the best. For example, sheep fur, horse hair, weasel hair (sometimes called wolf hair), and others are examples of natural materials.

Kengo 兼毫 brush means both hard and soft. It’s not too soft nor too hard, thus it’s easy to work with for beginners to intermediate level learners.

For the handle, natural bamboo is light weight and good. There are two kind of shapes for the handle, one has wider round part at the end (Daruma-Fude), another one is straight bamboo stick. For small handed people, it’s easier to handle with the Daruma-Fude, because the handle is narrower.

What is the good brush? 

Good brushes have good points on the top of the brush, and it bounces back to straight after you press down on it.

Prices of a brushes range widely. Some cheap brushes work enough for beginners, but there are some brushes that have too bad quality that it’s not worth it for you to buy.  You should ask your teacher for advice on brushes.

You need different brushes to adjust to what you do

It’s same with any fine art, kinds of brushes are very important to perform well on what you want to achieve. It’s definitely better to use good matching brushes for your content and personal style.

 

Read More

My Sumi Art Class start from January 4th. ’19 at the Potocki Center For The Arts, Mission Viejo, CA

Japanese calligraphy

If you’d like to start Sumi brush painting(Sumi-E) and brush writings (Japanese Calligraphy), come join me at the Potocki Center For The Arts in Mission Viejo, CA.

My brand new Sumi Art class is starting from Jan. 4, 2019.

Please visit the city website and search by my name, Yoko Collin, to register. Space is limited.

https://cityofmissionviejo.org/departments/recreation/online-activity-registration

There are also some other wonderful classes to sign up, so please take a look.

 

Read More

What is “Shodo”, Japanese Calligraphy

Japanese calligraphy

Shodo is a Japanese word for Japanese Calligraphy, and it is written 書道. The first characator, , means “writing”, and the second character, , means “path” or “way of life”.

The Kanji (Chinese character), is often associated with many names of other Japanese

cultural activities, like 華道 Japanese flower arrangment、茶道 Japanese tea ceremony、柔道 Jyu-do、空手道 Karate-doand 剣道 Ken-do. It represents that those cultural activities and martial arts are not just learning things but they are a “way of life”.

In Shodo, it is the use of sumi paint and bamboo brushes to create calligraphy.

It’s history is very long, going back more than 2000 years. It was originally started in China, then came to Japan around the 6th century. It was part as part of Zen buddhism culture which developed in Japan.

 Japanese word, 龍 — Ryu : dragon

Read More

What does Japanese Calligraphy and Sumi-E painting mean for me?

Japanese calligraphy

Since I was a little, I used to go to Shodo (Japanese Calligraphy) class every Sunday. My late father was a Shodo teacher and tought local children. I used to go to the community center one hour early with my father and helped him to set up and then tear down tables and mats. During the class time I was a student. I rememer that my father was always smiling and very happy during teaching calligraphy. He loved not only Shodo but teaching children as well.

I rememer that he was doing some Sumi-e paintings at home also. He often painting while looking at a sample paintings from different sumi-e books. It looked like a very difficult thing for me at that time.

I was doing Calligraphy practice every weekend until graduating Jr. High school, but I was gradually getting too busy with school activities and others things during high school era, and I was distanced from Shodo.

Many years later, after on and off bringing out some Shodo materials to write, now I’m doing Shodo and Sumi-e daily. I feel that I finally came back to my roots. I’ve been doing drawings and oil and acrylic paintings for many years. Now, I deeply appreciate my father and my heritage. I finally came to the point that I can truly understand and appreciate my cultural heritage more than ever.

Read More