Powerful! Calligraphy by a Pen – “Fuurinkazan” –
Hello, I’m Yonosuke! We had Ms. Maria write the word “Fuurinkazan(wind, forest, fire and mountain)” at this time.
What does “Fuurinkazan” Mean?
Do you know what “fuurinkazan” means?
The word “fuurinkazan” was written on the battle flag of the warlord, Shingen Takeda.
It is the alias of “as fast as the wind, as quiet as the forest, as daring as fire, and as immovable as the mountain”.
So it is the word written in the battle flag of the warlord named Shingen Takeda, who existed in Japan.
And each letter has the meaning.
as fast as the wind
as fast as the forest
as daring as fire
as immovable as the mountain
It was suitable for the age of civil wars.
And we just say “wind, forest, fire and mountain” in English.
Who is the Warlord, Shingen Takeda?
By the way, who is the warlord, Shingen Takeda?
He is one of the most famous warlords in Japan.
He extended in the middle of Japan, and his stories have been told even now. Recently a TV series was made from his stories.
So, what the famous Japanese warlord, Shingen Takeda put on his flag as four mental attitudes in wars was “fuurinkazan”.
You can find the letters “fuu”, “rin”, “ka, “zan” on the flag. Shingen Takeda is supposed to have had a flag like this. Cool!
It looks powerful with these kanji(Chinese characters). If I had been a samurai, I would have run away from the sight of the flag.
Then! How did Ms. Maria write this powerful word?
“Fuurinkazan” by Ms. Maria
I’ll explain how she wrote it, and you can see the details by the video! So please watch it!
▲Fast of all, she wrote the letter “fuu(wind)”. She wrote without hesitation. As I always feel, her usage of the pen is beautiful!
▲Next she wrote “rin(forest)”. Differently from the powerful “fuu(wind)”, it looks quiet.
And again her usage of the pen is beautiful! I want you to watch it in the video!
▲And again her usage of the pen is beautiful! I want you to watch it in the video!
▲At last, she strongly wrote the letter “zan(mountain)”. It has great power for the finish of the work!
Completion of “Fuurinkazan” by Ms. Maria
She completed “fuurinkazan”! Amazing!
She changed the way to write on each letter, and each letter has presence! And the letters don’t bother each other. The work is well-balanced overall.
Personally, I love the last letter, “zan(mountain)”. So powerful!
Let’s read her explanation.
Explanation by Ms. Maria
I wrote it thinking how I would write on the flag,
and meanings of each letter.
And I also cared about the balance of four letters.
Be careful of it when you try writing.
I see! For sure I can get features from each letter. One has power, and another has beauty.
And it is well-balanced as well!
Thanks to Ms. Maria for the amazing work!
You can see other works by Ms. Maria through KARAKURIJAPAN! All of them are amazing! Please check them out!
And you can try calligraphy by a pen just with paper and a calligraphy pen! Let’s try writing!
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