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Haiku of Kobayashi Issa, Yosa Buson, Shiba Sonome

Haiku von Matsuo Basho

Panel ca. 34 x 120 cm
L: Mikazuki
M: Shiki soku ze kuu
R: 1,2,3

           Nozomi (hope)      Yume (deram)       Raku (fun)

L: Kinu (Silk), M: Sakura (cherrytree), R: Raku (fun)

L: akikazeni shirochouhatewo kuruikeri
M: tsukimiruya niwashigokenno soranonushi
R: kogarashino chinimootosanu shigurekana

L: "das geschenkte Leben"(Titel einer Benefiz-Ausstellung) 2011, 19x14cm
M: "7 mal umfallen, 8 mal aufstehen" (jap. Sprichwort) 2011, 19x14cm
R: "jeder Tag ist ein guter Tag" (Zen Wort) 2011, 19x14cm

Kakejiku / Hansetsu: ca. 200x45cm
Zen-Word, japanese poem, Chinese poem
in classic style

calligraphy on canvas with Kimono clothes

ca. 70x50cm - 80x60cm

calligraphy in Metalframe
3 various cats
ca. 30x40cm


Teehause-Signboard "Hakusui-tei"
Haiku on coffee cup
Original only in the
japanshop "Tsubaki"

in Bremen

(Wacht Str. 30/31, 28195 Bremen)

Shodo (japanese calligraphie)


Every japanese traditional art including "do" (way) like judo, kendo, kyudo, kado and sado has been influenced by Zen-Buddhism.
For example take the cleaning in a Zen-temple: Every "do" has such ascetic exercises to be repeated over and over to its perfection.
The aim of this "do"(way) is to get an ordinary mind (becoming one with your inner self) through these exercises and to achieve "satori" (enlightenment).
At the same time Shodo is an art similar to painting. The main difference between Shodo and painting is, that the subject of Shodo are characters.
In Shodo, these characters are always also means of communication. The other purpose of Shodo is to create these characters in beautiful ways.


Shodo’s history started with hieroglyphs in ancient China about 1600 BC. Characters were holy and used for fortunetelling and as incantations in China at that time.
They slowly turned into means of communication and were simplified more and more.
During the 1st century these characters came from China to Japan, written on mirrors, swords and stamps.
There were no characters existing in Japan at that time. This was the beginning of japanese characters history.
China was called "Kan" by then, so these characters were called "Kan-ji" (chinese character).
Later, during the 8th century, unique japanese characters were created from these Kanji to express japanese language.
These new characters were called hiragana and katakana.
Today Kanji are still used as means of communication in their old and new forms.
That is for example, Tensho (-form) on stamps or Reisho (-form) on monuments and signboards

Shodo today in Japan:

Out of all traditional arts Shodo has the longest history and is still alive in modern japanese society with its high-technology in all areas of live.
Shodo art is beeing used on signboards, posters and covers of books and movies.
There are Shodo classes in almost every school including the events of New Years Writting (Kakizome) or Shodo Exhibition. Shodo is also part of the ascetic exercises for monks in temples and shrines.
There are many Shodo artists in Japan who still exercise and develop the art of Shodo. At many exhibitions you can admire the result of their work. There are also a few modern ways of Shodo art that deform the characters down to the very limit of means of communication.
Compared to chinese Shodo, the range of expression in japanese Shodo is much more free and unfetted. In the future, Shodo will probably develop further and cover a wider area or fuse with painting and music.
Hopefully, the traditional art of Shodo keeps on existing at the same time, too.


Radio Bremen

Weser Kurier Fotos


Shodo Private course (Haiku) (0:34)

Shodo Performance "Nougt" (1:16)

Shodo Performance "Thank You!" (1:58)

Calligraphy course

at the VHS-Bremen

Thursday 17:45-19:15 (02.10.-18.12.2014)
Sa + Su 11:00-17:30 (25.10.+26.10.2014)
Sa + Su 11:00-17:30 (17.01.+18.01.2015)
Application: VHS Bremen
under "Kunst/Kultur" - "Kunsthandwerk" - Schrift/Papier"

  at the VHS Lilienthal-Grasberg-Ritterhude-Worpswede
Sa+Su 15.11.+16.11.
Sa 10:00-16:30
Su 10:00-15.00

Murkens Hof
Klosterstraße 25
28865 Lilienthal
 phone 04298/929-240/241 

 Application: VHS Lilienthal

Calligraphy Private course in Bremen
Saturday 11:00-12:30

 new! Thursday
min. 2 Applications, max 5

19:30-21:00 Uhr (from Januar 2015)
other appointment: contact me
Application is requerd.

e-Mail: japanpuppen@gmail.com

Tel 0421-385685

der Report of  Weser Kurier - Wümmezeitung am 26.2.2011