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October 10, 2010

Exhibition and live performance of calligraphy art

I went to Tennouji Temple at Yanaka to see the exhibition, "The Second Stage" by the calligraphy art group, "Ten-you-gumi" (天遊組)"Ten-you" (天遊), the group leader, is a calligraphy artist.  She draws ancient characters in her original way.

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↑One of the "Ten-you-gumi" work, titled "天".  This work consists of 3 ancient characters, 星(=star; left below), 虹(=rainbow; center), and 日 (=sun, day; top right)

When I reached there, the live performance was about to begin.  First, the group members drew straight lines and basic figures. 
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Then, Ten-you's performance began.  It was a live session of calligraphy and Japanese traditional music.  Ten-you wrote ancient characters extempore, collaborating with "tsuzumi" performance.

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After the performance, she explained that the sound of "tsuzumi" inspired her to write 4 characters, "雷" (thunder) , "光" (light)、"恵" (blessing) and "風" (wind).

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雷, 光, 恵, 風 (from right to left)

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