Accepting Imperfection

Have you ever practiced shodo, writing calligraphy with a brush dipped in black ink on delicate rice paper? Recently, I attended a shodo exhibition and participated in the calligraphy workshop that was held in conjunction with the exhibition.  The workshop was led by the artist whose work was being exhibited, and pictured above. I arrived to the workshop empty.  My hands held no equipment, and my head was void of …

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One Moment of Perfection

Shimada Art Gallery may be the most perfect art gallery I’ve ever experienced. Nhà Triển Lãm Nghệ Thuật Shimađa có thể là nhà triển lãm nghệ thuật hoàn hảo nhất mà tôi đã từng trải qua. Le Musée d’Art Shimada peut être le plus parfait musée d’art que j’ai connue. The entrance. Cửa vào.  L’entrée. The garden outside, on the gallery grounds. Vườn ngoài sân nhà triển lãm. Le jardin …

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宮本武蔵 Miyamoto Musashi’s Art & Calligraphy

Revered throughout the world as the greatest swordsman ever lived, 宮本武蔵 Miyamoto Musashi is known as kensei 剣聖, Sword-Saint, or Thánh Kiếm in Vietnamese. 宮本武蔵 Musashi is recognized as a profound philosopher, an influential martial artist, a strategist and a deeply respected calligrapher and artist of ink on paper. Original painting 芦雁図, black ink on paper, by Miyamoto Musashi. The original paintings by Miyamoto Musashi are preserved in the city of Kumamoto, …

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宮本武蔵 Miyamoto Musashi In the Spirit Rock Cave

 It was in this cave in which Miyamoto Musashi wrote the Book of Five Rings 語輪書during the year 1645. Reigando霊巌洞, or Spirit Rock Cave, is located on Mount Iwatono in present-day Kumamoto prefecture, west of Kumamoto city. During Musashi’s time, it was known as mountain Iwato of Higo. Higo was the name of the  region that later became Kumamoto Prefecture. A temple later was established as part of the entrance …

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