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.

Happy New Year 2021 and Zen Word, Kokoro Shizuka

Happy New Year, everyone. I do hope this year to be a little calmer and kind to us. 

Here is a New Year's card I wrote for 2021. 
I have decided 心静, kokoro shizuka means the status of having a calm mind. Our surroundings may be chaotic but let's try to stay calm. Perhaps clear and tranquil mind could help us to go through this situation.

On the right page, it starts with "Happy New Year" on the far right and you see a drawing of a cow. 2021 is a year of cow (or an ox), precisely a golden cow (or metal ox in Chinese holoscope). The ox denotes the hard work, positivity and honesty that will be manifested in all of us in the coming 12 months, according to astrologers. Als ocomparing to busy mice, cows are tranquil and slow, which probably very much favourable after a chaotic 2020. 

Stay healthy and mindfullness.    

Written by: Juju Kurihara