Shodo: The Quiet Art of Japanese Zen Calligraphy

Expanding one’s knowledge of culture not only adds to your personal stature but it can also change your home environment

Shozo Sato is a master of the traditional Zen Arts. He specializes in the tea ceremony, ink painting, flower arranging, and Japanese theatre. Sato conducts workshops through out the United States. I liked the chapter where he talks about the spirit of the brush. He explains how it’s an inner game and an outer game. You have to prepare mentally and physically. You have to control your breathing and concentrate your energy. The idea of learning something that so completely involves my mind and body is interesting to me.

Because it is frowned upon to go back and correct anything, this art exposes the writer. You see who you really are at the time you were writing. There is quite a bit about how the energy or the artist is transferred to the art. And done so on purpose. It helps to create a spiritual effect on the viewer. Zen monks used it to reach viewers hearts with the hopes of expanding their realizations. Professional Shodo writers practice a daily time of writing. Japanese Calligraphy has 3 ways of writing. It’s all about the paper, brush, ink and the writer.

It is complex and yet still inviting. This is a quiet world you could start to study and fall in love with. Sato is an extraordinary teaches who is sharing more then just the how to of Japanese calligraphy. If you are looking to revive your daily calligraphy practice, this book will inspire you to get back and grow beyond what you thought you could. You’ll understand what it takes to create a masterpiece. I think you will also enjoy the Zen Buddhism teachings Sato has shared in this book. Many people who enjoy physical books will love this too. It has a classic style with weight to it.  If you love art, you’ll find some beautiful pieces in this book and will want to have it in your home.

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Japan Week in New York


Japan Week is a wonderful time indulge your senses with Japanese Culture, Art and Home Decor. JapIt is a public-private partnership organized by the Japan Tourism Agency and Japan National Tourism Organization, supported by the General Consulate of Japan in New York, a public-private partnership organized by the Japan Tourism Agency and Japan National Tourism Organization, supported by the General Consulate of Japan in New York.


The films were meant to invoke time travel to Japan 100 years ago. Transit to Freedom is a short documentary about how Jews were saved by Japanese transport. Another film gave a tour of Emperor Nintoku’s Tomb. These were just a few of the films one could take in. In the display area called Tokyo, Fuji television introduced “Time Trip View,” which offers a new service that caters to customers’ curiosities about Japanese history by utilizing Tablet and Smart Phones. “GLITTER” is a spectacular LED window light show at Fuji TV headquarters building. What was interesting is that not only does it use over 700 LED lights to create various images, it also contains sound effects.


Another area was called JR East. East Japan Railway Company (JR East) is the major passenger railway company serving Japan’s Kanto Region (Greater Tokyo) and Tohoku Region (Northeast Honshu). JR East operates many Shinkansen high-speed rail lines north of Tokyo.They were happy to showcase the high-speed rail lines. These lines will connect to the historic city of Kanazawa in the Hokuriku Region on the west coast of Japan, as well as to the scenic northern island of Hokkaido. They even had 3-D video about the Shinkansen bullet trains.

Candy Artist Sadaharu Ishiwari displayed Candy Craft. Almost all Candy Artists in Japan are Ishiwari’s apprentices. Incredibly elegant! TAKUMI JAPAN is a project aiming to introduce the thriving Japanese small business community to new markets.

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Shatterproof Glass Water Bottle

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

Shatterproof Glass Water Bottle

Glasstic Bottle Co. sent me this very cool water bottle. Here is the thing, I hate drinking out of plastic. I don’t use plastic cups at home because I feel they can retain a smell and hold on to sticky drinks. So the thought of being able to go to the office and drink out of a glass is exactly how I want to live. It’s got an outter lining of plastic that keeps everything from getting broken. The top has an extra latch to make sure you are not leaking. It’s easy to clean in the dishwasher and no NASTY STRAW!!

I hate cleaning the straws and never felt like they were really clean. It’s elegant enough to be a part of my upscale office and I really do just love it! When it’s time to give up the little kid stuff and have containers that can go where you go and serve you the way YOU want to be serve then check out the Glastic Shatterproof Glass Water Bottle. If anything needs to be replaced, it’s less than $10 to do so.

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