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, 2023

Happy New Year and 明けましておめでとうございます.


It’s a year of rabbit, to be precise 癸卯 (Mizunoto U), which is water rabbit in Ying-Yang five elements theory. 

What will be a year of rabbit? As everyone knows, rabbits hop and it is believed especially in the stock market that the economy recovers upwards in a year of rabbit. 

After the pandemic, the war starts and the economy around the world is not looking so good. I do hope the rabbit hops well and the situation get a little better in the new year. 

This year I’ve written 遊戯 (Yugi) on the left side of the new year card. This comes from 遊戯三昧 (Yugi Zanman), one of the Zen teaching. Yugi means play or enjoy. But we are not talking about hedonism.  It’s about do things with joy. Whatever you do, make the most of it and enjoy. 

Wish you all a fun year in 2023. I’m looking forward to seeing you in person and spend fun time together this year! 


Written by: Juju Kurihara