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Joyfully doodling spacious aerial landscapes

Joyfully doodling spacious aerial landscapes 

This month at our relaxing De-stress group we enjoyed a theme of looking from afar, at the landscape from above with an eagle’s eye.  It was an easygoing and really supportive group, with everyone enjoying doodling fascinating textures, contours and patterns ⛰️🏜️ Some people just… Read More »Joyfully doodling spacious aerial landscapes 

Expression - learning Kanji from kawaii to kanashii

Expression – learning Kanji from kawaii to kanashii

The theme for our February Kanji Club group on zoom was the more emotional and expressive kanji such as ai 愛 – affection – and kanashii 悲しい – sadness 🤗❤️ As well as learning to read and write some kanji and hiragana and katakana, we… Read More »Expression – learning Kanji from kawaii to kanashii

New Year Sutra Tracing - Meditative Heart Shakyo

New Year Sutra Tracing – Meditative Heart Shakyo

We met online on Zoom for our cosy and friendly group for some calming and relaxing copying of the inspiring Heart Sutra 般若心経. It was a great practice for embracing the New Year and wishing wellbeing. The famous Heart Sutra – Maka Hannya Haramitta Shingyo -is… Read More »New Year Sutra Tracing – Meditative Heart Shakyo

Shodo Brushing the Winds of the Ancient Teachings

Shodo Brushing the Winds of the Ancient Teachings

At Shodō calligraphy for our first group this Tiger year (Tora in Japanese), we peacefully brushed the very airy and natural feeling Genpū  玄風 . This is a lovely zen word that can mean mysterious winds, meaning the profound teachings of the ancient zen teachers… Read More »Shodo Brushing the Winds of the Ancient Teachings

Nature up close - De-stressing with mindful drawing

Nature up close – De-stressing with mindful drawing

After New Year our De-stress drawing group returned for some more relaxing doodling and drawing.  We had a nature up close theme which was fun and also captivating, enjoying the colours and doodling patterns and fractals and close ups of natural living things 🦋🍀  Together… Read More »Nature up close – De-stressing with mindful drawing

Tenki - Snowy Weather at Kanji Club

天気 Tenki – Snowy Weather at Kanji Club

At the start of the year our theme for our language and cultural Kanji Club was  天気 Tenki – Weather, literally Heaven’s Energy.  Having been wintry in Glasgow and for many of the zoom participants elsewhere, it was perfect timing for our kanji exploration of… Read More »天気 Tenki – Snowy Weather at Kanji Club

Origami Tiger

Happy New Tiger Year

Happy New Year of the Tiger, grrr! Hope you are well and easing into the New Year. All the very best wishes for a peaceful and healthy 2022 As our friends in Japan celebrate the determination and courage of the new Tiger year, let’s keep… Read More »Happy New Tiger Year

Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year

Season’s Greetings 🎄

We hope you are keeping cosy and well and becoming quieter for the winter holidays. Here is our Season’s Greetings card, a jazzy one this year! Many thanks for all your participation and kind support this year and we look forward to catch up with… Read More »Season’s Greetings 🎄

Drawing Anime and Manga characters

Drawing Anime and Manga characters

At our popular アニメ Anime drawing and doodling group in December on Zoom, we had a fun and relaxed time drawing our best loved characters from anime and manga 😁  Blair gave images to help inspire participants as well as detailed demos at the group.… Read More »Drawing Anime and Manga characters

Brushing Shikantaza at Shodō Zen Calligraphy

Brushing Shikantaza at Shodō Zen Calligraphy

At Shodō calligraphy for our last group together in 2021, we had great fun brushing the lovely loose characters of Shikantaza  只管打坐 , about Zen sitting meditation (Zazen). We enjoyed exploring the kanji characters together in the semi cursive Gyōsho style and the quirky old… Read More »Brushing Shikantaza at Shodō Zen Calligraphy