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仮名と和歌 Hirakana & Waka poem



そして短冊に、古池や 蛙飛びこむ 水の音、といった俳句。






When I was a high school student attending calligraphy classes, I began writing kana characters with a small brush.

At first, I started with greetings such as "Akemashite Omedetou Gozaimasu" (I wish you a happy new year).

Then, I started writing haiku on tanzaku strips, such as "Old pond, frogs jumping in, sound of water.

Gradually, I began to write waka poems while looking at a list of variant kana characters.

In the calligraphy promotion examinations, there were many assignments from the Kokin Wakashu Koyakiri and the Wakan Roei Shu,

I had more opportunities to come in contact with waka poems and documents with variant kana.

I met "Hikou" a waka poem recitation.

At the beginning of the year, "Utakai-hajime" is still held every year at the court. In this ceremony, selected waka poems are sung with verses and presented to the audience.

In the Hoshi to Mori Hikou Study Group, where I studied for about a year, the instructor reads from a piece of kaishi paper with a waka poem written on it, followed by the first verse sung by one vocalist, and then all the members of the group sing the second verse and so on.

At the poetry party I once attended, there is a tea ceremony, and then the participants go out to the garden to compose waka poems, write them on tanzaku strips of paper, receive comments, write the selected waka poems on kaishi (Japanese paper), and present them to the participants. Then, we had a dinner with Japanese cuisine.

As a calligrapher, I have written waka poems with a brush but only as a model, and I had never composed tanka or waka poems and did not know that there was a way to sing them.

The Utakai is a fusion of all aspects of Japanese culture: tea ceremony, flower arrangement, calligraphy, painting, tableware, kimono, and Japanese food.

It was a precious experience for me to have everyone sing the waka I created and wrote, and to feel close to the participants.

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