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.

On the leaf project

I love autumn. The streets are covered with colourful leaves and when you walk, it makes gentle crunchy sounds. I’m always tempted to jump in to a mount of fallen leaves. One day.

This year, I made “On the leaf project”. Walking on the street, even the way to the station or a supermarket suddenly becomes interesting. I’m constantly looking down to see if there are any nice coloured leaves. As soon as sit down at the table and start thinking about a suitable character for each leaf. 

Here are some of them. Only sad thing is the leaves don’t last for long. Some I have kept them between the books, some I’ve tried to seal with wax papers and some with vanish for the floor. But majority of them I had to say good bye although it is the beauty of the nature. Nothing stays forever. 

Written by: Juju Kurihara