"Ryujin" is a Samurai Calligrapher/Artist who goes beyond the boundary of traditional Japanese calligraphy (Sho-do), and has developed the unique ability and skills to unlock the life and its flow of energy sealed in each "word" he draws. He began his journey as a Samurai Calligrapher at age 30 when he left his otherwise successful carrier in business. His unique style and technique have been developed through over 10 years of challenging days as a street artist. However, his real breakthrough as a Samurai Calligrapher came after he became a student under Nenshu Shiraishi, a master of traditional Japanese tea ceremony and the classic calligraphy. Enlightened by his wisdom and guidance, Ryujin has opened the door to a new dimension in the world of Calligraphy arts. He continues his endeavor to explore the new dimension of calligraphic arts. It may be the Pandora's box he opened, but whatever it might turns out to be, he dares himself to go the distance to see the unseen.
"KOTODAMA" Calligraphy as a living, organic art
Unlike a traditional calligraphy as general, regardless of its cultural background and their influences. That appeals the skill of writing in its expression of beauty, "KOTODAMA" calligraphic art focuses its aim in unlocking the life and its flow of spiritual energy sealed in each word. The Japanese word "KOTODAMA" represents the life and its magical power contained in word. It goes beyond an artistic expression and even the meaning of the word itself. "Kotodama" is as spiritual as it is organic.
Mandala Calligraphic Fusion
Going beyond already revolutional Kotodama Calligraphy. He is pushing the frontier of another dimension in calligraphic art, that is, "Fusion of Mandala geometry and Kotodama Calligraphy. This challenge is taking him to more deeply meditative element of the Art, which is closely connected to the core element of Zen as well as the ancient belief system in Japan.
First published by a famous Japanese publish company on January 22, 2020
(Only available in Japanese.)
My life master, Mr. Shiraishi Nenshu and the original calligraphy of Ryoma Sakamoto, one of Japan's greatest samurai & me.
My life master, Mr. Shiraishi Nenshu, was a tea ceremony tool dealer for almost fifty years, and had a deep knowledge of Japanese culture.
His teacher was Mr. Tayama Honan, who was an editor of national history and an inspector of national treasures at the Ministry of Education, Culture and Mr. Shiraishi's cultural power was inherited from Mr. Tayama Honan's DNA.
Mr. Shiraishi has a collection of over 200 original calligraphy scrolls of great Japanese samurai, and I was able to see and feel the precious calligraphy up close!
I am proud to say that there is no other calligrapher who has seen and felt the breath of the original calligraphic works of the great samurai of Japan so closely.
I am proud of that.
I will transmit the samurai spirit I inherited from Mr. Shiraishi Nenshu to the world in the form of live calligraphy performances and artworks.
RYUJIN’s FIGHT A DUEL MOVIE
Ryujin was given the Higasikuninomiya prize in November 2017. Higashikuninomiya is the former Imperial Family of Japan.
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