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Event Description

Calligraphy Workshop #2

There 14 members participated at today’s calligraphy workshop, including a new member with her 2 boys. Then there was Mae-chan whom we first met a few years ago when she was only a baby then she had moved to overseas. She recently came back from Asia with her family, and now she’s speaking English fluently. Time flies, indeed. Many Japanese tend to think when looking at calligraphy writing or Sumi-e ink drawing they look different between Japanese and non-Japanese artist. While it is certainly never meant which is better or worse but something about the impression we pick from the “touch” - brush stroke. It might be the “Wabi-sabi” impression that we may be looking for in art. Typically, Japanese would know what it means but it is extremely hard to explain in words to non-Japanese. It is, however, frequently expressed as a kind of philosophy in Japanese traditional art including literature. Whatever that is, unfortunately, seems missing more and more in modern art among computer-generation. So, what is exactly Wabi-sabi, anyway - my theory is that it is the expression of “feeling” somewhat a combination or either of its beauty in calmness, peacefulness, tranquility, nostalgia, naturalism, quietness and simplicity found everywhere including nature and old. Most likely it’s not found, or rather “felt”, in bright colored, flamboyant or abstract object or aggressive nature. So, it doesn’t have to be a Japanese who would find, see, create or enjoy the Wabi-sabi feeling. But, it seems that Japanese do respect or, let say, distinguish the very delicate yet unique and precious touch more than any other nationalities. So, when I found it in some of our participant’s writings, I realized that maybe Wabi-sabi is living deep in a person’s mind and soul filled with traditional Japanese spirit without conscience, that is natural. I wonder if that is something may develop in one’s soul while growing up, especially among Japanese who possess the “touch” in nature. There were three children at today’s workshop, and I can’t help but am very curious to see their future writing. Midori Shinye Calligraphy Instructor
 
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