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Japanese shodo calligraphy at the beautiful autumnal Cowden Japanese Garden

1 November 2019

Japanese shodo calligraphy at the Beautiful autumnal Cowden Garden

We had a lovely day at the Cowden Japanese Garden with enthusiastic people taking part, it was a colourful autumn day and tranquil atmosphere, a perfect setting to enjoy a workshop of Japanese shodo calligraphy.

Japanese shodo calligraphy at the Beautiful autumnal Cowden Garden
Japanese shodo calligraphy at the Beautiful autumnal Cowden Garden
Japanese shodo calligraphy at the Beautiful autumnal Cowden Garden

After a short talk about shodo we slowly strolled outside, meditatively walking in the garden to admire different features in the garden and interact with our senses, especially we paid attention to ‘karesansui, 枯山水’ dry landscape which was related to our theme that day!

Japanese shodo calligraphy at the Beautiful autumnal Cowden Garden
Japanese shodo calligraphy at the Beautiful autumnal Cowden Garden
Japanese shodo calligraphy at the Beautiful autumnal Cowden Garden

Then we went back to the room, we started to try out the ‘enso, 円相’ circle to loosen up. Then we moved onto ‘sui, 水’ and ‘san, 山’ which can be combined as ‘sansui, 山水’ mountains and water. We had demonstrations and wrote the characters in very varied styles of calligraphy which the participants enjoyed!

Japanese shodo calligraphy at the Beautiful autumnal Cowden Garden
Japanese shodo calligraphy at the Beautiful autumnal Cowden Garden
Japanese shodo calligraphy at the Beautiful autumnal Cowden Garden
Japanese shodo calligraphy at the Beautiful autumnal Cowden Garden

During the break we had delicious scones and empire biscuits with hot drinks 😉

Japanese shodo calligraphy at the Beautiful autumnal Cowden Garden
Japanese shodo calligraphy at the Beautiful autumnal Cowden Garden
Japanese shodo calligraphy at the Beautiful autumnal Cowden Garden

The garden is a delightful and peaceful place to visit, (it reminds Blair of Kenrokuen garden in Kanazawa) and the setting in the foothills of the Ochills near Dollar is inspiring 🙂

https://www.cowdengarden.com/

Japanese shodo calligraphy at the Beautiful autumnal Cowden Garden
Japanese shodo calligraphy at the Beautiful autumnal Cowden Garden
Japanese shodo calligraphy at the Beautiful autumnal Cowden Garden
Japanese shodo calligraphy at the Beautiful autumnal Cowden Garden
Japanese shodo calligraphy at the Beautiful autumnal Cowden Garden

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