The school Sosekido (素石堂) was formed by my sensei, Unkotsu Komine (小峰雲骨) many years ago. I was 13 years old when I first met him, and it was the beginning of my long-time calligraphy path.

Exhibition – Zen One Way of Life – Opening Night in Berlin

26th of January, we had the opening night for out exhibition, Zen -One Way of Life- at Atelier für Photographie in Berlin. 

This was our third year to have an exhibition here. And like every year, the gallery gave us such a family, cozy feelings. Flower arrangement of Klaus Krämer perfectly expressed our theme. 

It’s hard for me to explain Zen. I have probably never heard so much word, zen before coming to Europe. People often say “Oh, that’s very zen” for what I say or do. Also many people seem to think zen = discipline. Everytime I hear these coments about zen, I just wonder, “they could be right”. I think they are right, but they are always only one part and not the whole part of zen. For me, it’s hard to put in words. I know what it is but as soon as I try to form in words, it escapes. It’s like you try to see or touch the air. It escapes between your fingers. I think it’s because I grew up in it. Zen was for me, just a daily life in the same way people in the Western world grew up in the different philosophy. There is no better or worse, it’s just a way of life. We all want to live well, want to free from fear and worries. We all want to live happy. Zen is just one way of living. 

Written by: Juju Kurihara