About a mat

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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.

 

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About Sumi Ink

sumi ink

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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What is “Shodo”, Japanese Calligraphy

sumi ink

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

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

sumi ink

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

sumi ink

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 Sumi Ink

sumi ink

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

What is “Shodo”, Japanese Calligraphy

sumi ink

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?

sumi ink

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

sumi ink

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 Sumi Ink

sumi ink

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

What is “Shodo”, Japanese Calligraphy

sumi ink

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?

sumi ink

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

sumi ink

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 Sumi Ink

sumi ink

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

What is “Shodo”, Japanese Calligraphy

sumi ink

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?

sumi ink

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

sumi ink

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 Sumi Ink

sumi ink

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

What is “Shodo”, Japanese Calligraphy

sumi ink

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?

sumi ink

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