I really like Japanese calligraphy. I took a class once and it was really fun. That's why I was excited to do it again in Japan.
The teacher was a really cool guy. We all crowded around him and watched him draw the character 永, which means eternity.
|They gave us some how to papers and set us loose.|
I hadn't done calligraphy for a long time, and trying to draw that character was making me lose some self-confidence. I tried it three or four times and then moved on. I didn't take any pictures of it.
I got back into my "groove" by writing 馬, the character for horse, and my favorite character, 蒸. Nobody gets why I like that character but me. I just think it looks cool, but everyone else finds it odd.
|I had my iPod out to look up kanji.|
Later they had us write our names. Not just in katakana, but they wanted us to try and make up kanji for our names. Ayaka came up with a four-character compound that could be sounded out as da-ni-e-ru, but it wouldn't really fit on the paper, and those kanji weren't very fun to write. I went with 神裁, because it has the characters for "god" and "judge", and that's the old meaning of my name.
|Kilo demonstrating his mad brush skillz.|
|I wrote the kanji for "baka."|
She took it with her.
|So many men.|
|Teru teru bouzu.|
|We washed our brushes out afterwards.|
I know from experience that this takes FOREVER.
|The teacher taught us some of the origins of characters,|
like horse (馬) in this case.
And now to go completely off topic.
This is where I have been sleeping. It is pretty comfy, but also kind of thin, so sleeping on my side hurts my shoulders/hips etc. I still love it though, because it feels like an authentic Japanese experience.
The pillow has little beads in it, that feel like a bunch of plastic drinking straws that have been cut into little pieces. It's a lot more comfortable than it sounds.
That was a pretty short post, I know. I'm sorry. I'm just too busy having the time of my life! I'll try to update more often.