Monday, October 28, 2013

Joyful Art

I had the the opportunity to meet and experience a demonstration/teaching by master Japanese calligrapher (Kanji artist) Takeda Souun at my meditation center.  His artwork is highly praised for its innovative, yet traditional way of expressing the beauty of the Japanese spirit.  Souun tries to create work which inspires people with appreciation and happiness. He believes that if a person is filled with a sense of well-being and gratitude, she/he can return this feeling for others. The wave of well-being will spread exponentially through society, to eventually build a more peaceful world. 

Takeda Souun
Takeda Souun

He is playful and down to earth, with a joyful presence.  In his halting English, he described himself as a "lucky boy".  We in the audience were encouraged to come up and join him in practicing some calligraphy (and not just with Japanese characters).  It was a fun and uplifting experience!  This is his first trip to the U.S.  I am sure he will charm audiences on his travels.

You can take at this video of work Souun created for Nissan.

"Happiness is not ready made.  It comes from your own actions."
- Dalai Lama



  1. What a great opportunity, Linda. Will be interesting to see his influence on your work.


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