Photo by Paolo Marino

Vernissage of BrushMind with Kaz Tanahashi in Berlin

Kaz, Kazuaki Tanahashi is a Japanese born artist who has been living in the States since 1977. He is an artist in one word but he manages any arts. He is a calligrapher, painter, author, translator and a zen teacher. He is now over 80 years old and still travelling the world a half of the year to give workshops. What a vitality!

This month, 16th to 18th of October, Kaz holds a workshop in Berlin. And on the 3rd, the past Saturday, there was a vernissage of BrushMind. Some of my students and I went. It was very inspiring.


demo wa


demo 2


demo 1



Kaz is well known as a calligrapher but he is also an important person for Aikido practitioners. He was the direct student of Morihei Ueshiba, the founder of Aikido. Kaz´ father was a friend of Ueshiba and he send Kaz to practice aikido with this great teacher. Each time he wrote a word, he told us a memory of Ueshiba, which I found it beautiful. Because it wasn´t just about the great aikido master but simply the life of Kaz and his memories. I have a lot of memories about my own teacher and would be happy if someone wants to know about him. My teacher is a part of how I am now. 


demo works 


The work of circle, triangle and square is the foundation of aikido. Maybe one of you practice aikido and know the exact meaning? If so, please help me as I can´t recall so well. This was also in the exhibition room.



Kaz´ trademark, circle, which comes from Zen, Mu (無/ nothingness). 




Mu (無), nothingness is one of the most important philosophy for Zen.


Tools of Kaz.

kaz brush



Documentary about Kaz made by a young German guy who lived in Kaz´ house for two months. We could watch how Kaz works and a little bit of his daily life as an artist. 



This week from the 16th to the 18th, Kaz will be holding a workshop in Berlin.


Kazaki Tanahashi, BrushMind : http://www.brushmind.net



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