Japanese Calligraphy

As a birthday present, sempai Daan gave me a sumi-e set. With some help from my friend Jolijn and a YouTube playlist, I ventured into bamboo, ensō circles, a lot of cats… and shodo, the “way of writing”. This style of calligraphy is one of the oldest and most profound traditional art forms in Japan, developed and appreciated since the 5th century. Below, you’ll find some of my modest attempts. More about my love for ink can be read in this blog post.

When pronounced as ゆかり(yukari), 縁 means related to (some person or place); affinity; connection.
When pronounced as えにし (enishi), えに (eni) or え (e), 縁 means fate; destiny (esp. as a mysterious force that binds two people together), relationship (e.g. between two people); bond; link; connection family ties; affinity opportunity; chance (to meet someone and start a relationship) and/or “pratyaya” – a Buddhist concept about indirect conditions.
The word 我慢 [GAMAN] means “patience; endurance; perseverance”. It’s what we need to stay with ourselves and on our paths…