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.

Germany-Japan 160 year Exhibition in Berlin

160 years ago, the Kingdom of Prussia and Edo government formalised the tie between the country. Prussia, and later Germany as a whole, exerted massive influence on Japan’s modernisation. Medicine, law, and military affairs had a profound impact on the formation of modern Japan. In 2021, this relationship celebrated 160th anniversary and in both countries, there were many events that reflect on Germany’s and Japan’s special relationship.

Deutsch-Japanische Gesellschaft Berlin had organised an art exhibition at Gesundheitszentrum in Potsdamer Platz from the 25th January to the 18th September in 2021. I had an honour to participate in this memorial event, “160 Jahre Japan-Deutschland Ausstellung“.    

Due to the pandemic, we couldn’t do the Vernissage but we managed to have a nice Finissage with the artists and limited guests. There was a speech from the ambassador of the Japanese embassy. 

10 Japanese and 12 German artists participated in the exhibition and all the work were unique.  

I exhibited two works. One is a big mountain and the poem, ‘Über den Bergen (Over the Mountains)’ by Karl Busse. 

The second work is 日々是好日, ‘everyday is a good day’. 

Written by: Juju Kurihara