Today, I made a visit to the 54th Tohoshoten (the name of this exhibition) in Tokyo. The exhibit is open until tomorrow, 29th, at the Sunshine Bunka Kaikan in Ikebukuro. In the photo, Iida Kazuko Sensei and I are standing next to her kana shodo. The style of this kana shodo is called chowa-tai which means it is balanced using a few kanji characters. This is also called chirashi which means scatter or let it fall. I love chirashi. It is a casual art, very playful, but it demands high spirited creativity. It's up to us to choose what kind of kana for each, how many in one line, how many lines in one group, and so on. Depending on the way we leave spaces and the movement of over all lines, we can express a lot.
The above poem is "Mountain Cherry Blossoms" by Wakayama Bokusai.
young leaves sprouted and spread out
the fallen remains of
mountain cherry blossoms
Iida sensei and her students. I love this photo. The movement, a man behind, all the unique and excellent arts created by the teachers and judges of Tohoshoten organization. This was room No. 1, and it was the best, of course. This exibit has about 50 rooms. It was fabulous.
This shodo was created by Higashino Yukiko san. She is a classmate of mine.
This sho was created by Yano Chiyo san. She is a pupil of Iida Sensei. I want to let you know that there is no age limit in arts. The author will be 90 this year. Her sho is as young as Iida Sensei. I can't read what it is written, but I'm sure it is something to do with love! I can't wait to be a cool 90 year old like her.