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Sashida Takefusa

Sashida   Takefusa

Sashida Takefusa

Tokyo, Japan

Calligrapher, artist

Japanese calligraphy

Calligraphy has been popular in Japan since the Nara period (710 – 794). The Japanese language uses not only Chinese characters but also two other sets of Japanese characters called Hiragana and Katakana. Hiragana is a set of Japan′s indigenous characters, developed around a thousand years ago during the Heian period (794 – 1185). Katakana has just as long a history.

Some Japanese calligraphers and psychologists have written books on the examination of our personality through calligraphy. Just as Western companies have employed handwriting analysts to help them select the best individuals for executive posts, the Japanese have traditionally expected their leaders in any field to display fine, composed script. This stems from the belief that brush strokes reveal the state of the body and subconscious mind - its strengths and weaknesses - at the moment the brush is put to paper. It has also been held that the subconscious can be influenced in a positive manner by studying and copying consummate examples of calligraphy by extraordinary individuals. Japanese tradition teaches that by using this method, we can cultivate strength of character akin to that of the artist being copied. Since shodo is an art form, it′s not strictly necessary to be able to read Chinese characters, or the Japanese phonetic scripts of hiragana and katakana, to admire the dynamic beauty of shodo. Within Japanese calligraphy, we find essential elements that constitute all art: creativity, balance, rhythm, grace, and the beauty of line. These aspects of shodo can be recognized and appreciated by every culture.

One of the key areas of importance in calligraphy is the crispness of stroke endings. When there is doubt in your mind, your brush strokes look dull. During calligraphy practice, you should be so concentrated on each stroke that all thoughts on work disappear from your mind, helping you achieve a healthy state of spirit.

The action of drawing a brush stroke is like skiing down a slope. When you are certain of yourself, you can ski exactly as you intend. You are concentrating solely on reading the conditions of snow surfaces and skiing accordingly. When any other thoughts are occupying your mind, you will lose balance and fall over.

Japanese calligraphy is called “Shodo” in Japanese. The “do” ending is also shared in the names of many other traditional cultures such as Judo, Kendo and Aikido. It represents fields aimed at not only improving specific skills but also bringing spiritual enlightenment. They are intended as a means of pursuing mental concentration and personal integrity.

Author works

"Wind". My Calligraphy

Paper, Chinese ink, brush, 108x76 cm, 2009

Happiness

Whatman, Chinese black ink, brush, 106.8х151.5 cm, 2009

Snow. Moon. Flower

Whatman, Chinese black ink, brush, 106.8х240.5 cm, 2009

Emperor

Whatman, Chinese black ink, brush, 106.8х176.5 cm, 2009

Life

Whatman, Chinese black ink, brush, 106.8х226.5 cm, 2009

Opportunities

Whatman, Chinese black ink, brush, 157х106.8 cm, 2009

Basis

European paper, Japanese ink (Sumi), Japanese Raccoon dog-hair brush (Fude), 64x94 cm, 2008

Hurricane

European paper, Japanese ink (Sumi), Japanese Raccoon dog-hair brush (Fude), 64x94 cm, 2008

Sofia

European paper, Japanese ink (Sumi), Japanese Raccoon dog-hair brush (Fude), 64x94 cm, 2008

Youth

European paper, Japanese ink (Sumi), Japanese Raccoon dog-hair brush (Fude), 64x94 cm, 2008

Scent of the Moon

European paper, Japanese ink (Sumi), Japanese Raccoon dog-hair brush (Fude), 64x94 cm, 2008

Winter

European paper, Japanese ink (Sumi), Japanese Raccoon dog-hair brush (Fude), 79x109 cm, 2008

Tea

European paper, Japanese ink (Sumi), Japanese Raccoon dog-hair brush (Fude), 79x109 cm, 2008

Rainbow

European paper, Japanese ink (Sumi), Japanese Raccoon dog-hair brush (Fude), 79x109 cm, 2008

Love

European paper, Japanese ink (Sumi), Japanese Raccoon dog-hair brush (Fude), 79x109 cm, 2008

Waterfall

European paper, Japanese ink (Sumi), Japanese Raccoon dog-hair brush (Fude), 79x109 cm, 2008

Joy

European paper, Japanese ink (Sumi), Japanese Raccoon dog-hair brush (Fude), 76.5x108.5 cm, 2008

Laugh

European paper, Japanese ink (Sumi), Japanese Raccoon dog-hair brush (Fude), 76.5x108.5 cm, 2008

Summer

European paper, Japanese ink (Sumi), Japanese Raccoon dog-hair brush (Fude), 79x109 cm, 2008

Adore

European paper, Japanese ink (Sumi), Japanese Raccoon dog-hair brush (Fude), 79x109 cm, 2008

Shout

European paper, Japanese ink (Sumi), Japanese Raccoon dog-hair brush (Fude), 76.5x108.5 cm, 2008

Easily

European paper, Japanese ink (Sumi), Japanese Raccoon dog-hair brush (Fude), 76.5x108.5 cm, 2008

Cry

European paper, Japanese ink (Sumi), Japanese Raccoon dog-hair brush (Fude), 76.5x108.5 cm, 2008

Fearful

European paper, Japanese ink (Sumi), Japanese Raccoon dog-hair brush (Fude), 76.5х108.5 cm, 2008

Sadness

European paper, Japanese ink (Sumi), Japanese Raccoon dog-hair brush (Fude), 76.5x108.5 cm, 2008

Feeling

European paper, Japanese ink (Sumi), Japanese Raccoon dog-hair brush (Fude), 76.5x108.5 cm, 2008

Anger

European paper, Japanese ink (Sumi), Japanese Raccoon dog-hair brush (Fude), 76.5x108.5 cm, 2008

Fall

European paper, Japanese ink (Sumi), Japanese Raccoon dog-hair brush (Fude), 79x109 cm, 2008

Emperor

European paper, Japanese ink (Sumi), Japanese Raccoon dog-hair brush (Fude), 79x109 cm, 2008

Spring

European paper, Japanese ink (Sumi), Japanese Raccoon dog-hair brush (Fude), 79x109 cm, 2008

Wind and Moon

European paper Japanese ink (SUMI), Japanese brush (FUDE) Raccoon dog, 64х94 cm, 2008

Snow, Moon and a Flower

European paper Japanese ink (SUMI ), Japanese brush (FUDE) Raccoon dog, 64х94 cm, 2008

Rock

European paper Japanese ink (SUMI ), Japanese brush (FUDE) Raccoon dog, 64х94 cm, 2008

Happy

European paper Japanese ink (SUMI ), Japanese brash (FUDE) Raccoon dog, 64х94 cm, 2008

Bird

European paper, Japanese ink (SUMI ), Japanese brash (FUDE) Raccoon dog, 64х94 cm, 2008

Anastasia ( a girl’s name)

Silk, ink, 37,3x175 cm, 2009

Crazy Dance

Wax and color calligraphy (black, gray ink), 76,5х108,5 cm, 2010

Storm

Wax and color calligraphy (black, gray ink), 76,5х108,5 cm, 2010

Loyalty

Wax and color calligraphy (black, gray ink), 76,5х108,5 cm, 2010

Sunrise

Wax and color calligraphy (black, gray ink), 76,5х108,5 cm, 2010

Thunder

Silk, ink, 36,5x141 cm, 2010

Zen

Wax and color calligraphy (black, gray ink), 76,5х108,5 cm, 2010

Dragon

Silk, ink, 36,5x141 cm, 2010

Yooko (Girl name)

Silk, ink, 35x127 cm, 2009

Ekaterina (Girl name)

Silk, ink, 37,5x208 cm, 2009

Yoshiko (Girl name)

Silk, ink, 35x121 cm, 2009

Castle

Silk, ink, brush, 36,5x122 cm, 2008

Swan Lake

Wax and color calligraphy (black, gray ink), 36,5х158 cm, 2010

Moment

Wax and color calligraphy (black, gray ink), 76,5х108,5 cm, 2010

Sea

Paper, Chinese ink, brush, 76,7х109 cm, 2010

Natalia (Girl name)

Silk, ink, 37,5x168,8 cm, 2009

Cloud

Paper, Chinese ink, brush, 64х94 cm, 2010

Shooting Star

Wax and color calligraphy (black, gray ink), 37,5х156 cm, 2010

Shooting Star

Wax and color calligraphy (black, gray ink), 37,5х158 cm, 2010

Sad

Wax and color calligraphy (black, gray ink), 76,5х108,5 cm, 2010

Worship

European paper, Japanese Sumi ink, Japanese Fude brush from raccoon fur, 76,5х108,5 cm, 2010

Rainbow

Wax and color calligraphy (black, gray ink), 76,5х108,5 cm, 2010

God Heart

Silk, ink, 36,5x140 cm, 2010

Sun

Wax and color calligraphy (black, gray ink), 76,5х108,5 cm, 2010

Sun

Silk, ink, 36,5x141 cm, 2010

Line

Wax and color calligraphy (black, gray ink), 76,5х108,5 cm, 2010

Happy

Wax and color calligraphy (black, gray ink), 76,5х108,5 cm, 2010

Laugh

Wax and color calligraphy (black, gray ink), 76,5х108,5 cm, 2010

Tea

Silk, ink, 35,5x91 cm, 2010

Kangetsu/Gold moon

White and black ink, 64x94сm , 2014

Genso/Vision

Blue and black ink, 64x94сm , 2014

Ryu/Dragon

Watercolours, blue and black ink, 63x93сm , 2014

Sky (air)

Paper, black and coloured inks, brush, 542 x 765 mm, 2017

Time

Paper, black and coloured inks, brush, 542 x 765 mm, 2017.

Soon (just)

Paper, black and coloured inks, brush, 542 x 765 mm, 2017

Equal

Paper, black and coloured inks, brush, 542 x 765 mm, 2017

Color

Paper, black and coloured inks, brush, 542 x 765 mm, 2017
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