So, some of you probably know that I'm currently living in Japan, stationed in Tokyo with the U.S. military. I'm studying Japanese, and you may have seen me post some of my digital paintings here in this blog. Well, last year I started studying a new hobby that combined my love of art with my love of writing with my love of Japanese: Shodo, aka Japanese Calligraphy!
So, here's something that has nothing to do with ponies: three works of mine from a recent shodo exhibit at our base.
1. 足るを知る (taru wo shiru), "To know being satisfied."
This Zen Buddhist saying, rendered as 知足, describes the joy of simple satisfaction with one's life. The red seal is my name, stamped with a hanko.
2. 桃花春に咲く (touka haru ni saku), "The peach blossom flowers in spring."
Another Buddhist saying, rendered here as 桃花咲春. Many Japanese phrases focus on nature and the turning of seasons. I didn't get a chance to stamp this one before they had to frame it, unfortunately.
3. 恕 (jo)、"Compassion."
This is a common Chinese character that rarely appears in Japanese (my Japanese girlfriend had never seen it before). It is, by pure coincidence, the first character of my name (John) when rendered in kanji. Compassion is considered the most important human attribute in Confucianism.
Expect a new story out in a week or so.