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.

Japanese Old Name of the Month-January

Hello 2022.

Before the Gregorian calendar was introduced, Japan used a lunar calendar and each month had a beautiful name. Although the current Japan uses just the numbers for the months such as “Month 1”, “Month 2″… people still use old names to refer to the month. Sometimes, a child is named according to the month she/he was born. 

During this year, I will write the name of the month. The first year is Mutsuki, 睦月.

 Mutsuki is originated in musubi-tsuki, means the month of harmonious and getting close to each other since people were custom to get together during the new year in Japan. 


There are another theories. 
Originated in Mototsuki (元月) means the month of the beginning or the start. 
Coming from Mutsuki (実月) because it was the month the farmers would dip the rice with the husk in the water for germination. This is because January in lunar calendar is between late January and early March. And it was the good time for germination.  

This piece is available at CNFT market place. 

Written by: Juju Kurihara