The ingredients of Shodou
• Years of practice
• A firm hand
• Sumi ink
• Ink stone (suzuri)
• Calligraphy brushes
A cat (You do not need the cat!)
The word shodou書道 means the way of writing
In Japan usually we start shodou when we are very young, I started when I was 6 years old, but latter I continued practicing, shodou is a long life learning technique, not all the Japanese can write very well with a brush but they know the basics.
Perseverance, endurance, strength, patience…the shodou has a great connection with the Zen Budhism, the movement of the brush needs a lot of concentration and coordination. This is what we call ‘mushin’ a state of mind in which you live your mind in blank. Finally, the result of the work is balance and harmony in your writing.
I encourage you to try it!
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