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.

Lazo y Arigatou- A year after the earthquake and the tsunami

The 11th of March was an important day for Japan and Japanese people. It´s been a year since a massive earthquake and a tsunami attacked the north of Japan. There were many events held by not only Japanese people but many who cared about Japan.

In Madrid, some young Japanese artists got together and held a small memorial event, LAZO y ARIGATOU. Lazo means bond in Spanish and arigatou means thank you in Japanese. During this one year, Japan learnt how important the connection between people and to help each other. Many people aroung the world also try to support in many ways. We wanted to thank to all who cared about us and helped us.

Experimental Calligraphy participated in the event and performed. The letter is KIZUNA means bond in Japanese and was the word of the year 2011 in Japan.

You may have notice my special brush… a mop. Apparently a mop is invented by Spain and as I needed a big brush for the event and the theme of the event was “bond”, I thought it´d be interesting to use something Spanish.

Of course I gave the mop a little trick to shape like a calligraphy brush and it worked!

Here is the video of the performance. Have fun!




Written by: Juju Kurihara