Shodo: The Quiet Art of Japanese Zen Calligraphy

Artist
and Sacred Treasure of Japan Shozo Sato gave a demonstration and lecture on
Japanese calligraphy and brush painting. Stating the importance of how Zen
philosophy influences the practice of art making. Sato has won many awards
including the Order of the Sacred Treasure by the Emperor of Japan for helping
to disseminate Japanese culture to the West, and for his theatrical
productions. He has written numerous books on the Sumi-e, the Japanese tea
ceremony, Ikebana (the art of arranging flowers), and classical
dance. Born in Ikataku, Kobe City, Japan in 1933, Shozo Sato received a
degree in fine arts from Bunka Gakuin College, Tokyo, and also highest diplomas
in various fields. Indeed a living legend and a superior mind in his craft. An
internationally renowned Japanese master of Zen arts and
visionary theater director, he is most known for adapting
Western classics to Japanese Kabuki theater. These are just a few of his
merits, making him a famous identity when it comes to Japanese art of
calligraphy as well. 

A startling book on the intersection of Japanese aesthetics and Zen Buddhist
thought, Shodo educates
not just the advanced but as well as the beginning students alike to a more
comprehensive understanding of this unique brush painting art form. He makes
the convoluted art of Zen Shodo not only comprehensible and attainable to the
average or new  reader he goes beyond the chronicle and possible Zen
definitions to boost the reader to express themselves in this age-old writing
style with simple easy to follow formats and the never before explained rhythm
of the marks. His choices are relevant today in our lives full of high end
gadgets, super advanced technology, and consistently changing life style making
his insights and clarity transform the hard topic to a more understandable
one.By bringing out the life and the human experience from a few brush strokes,
Prof. Sato was able to reach out to more individuals who are longing to
understand the complicated art of calligraphy. It is like a compilation of
knowledge for the training of the mind to recognize earthly reality.

Though it is definitely not a breeze, but this book will redefine and enlighten
you on that path. Learning may not be easy but the power and wisdom of Zen
poetry will entice you to continue studying the art of beautiful, stylized, and
elegant handwriting or lettering with pen or brush and ink. Only The Great
Master Shozo Sato can deliver that.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *