The Art of Master Japanese Calligrapher Eri Takase — Afterglow, zanshou
Afterglow, zanshou — Copyright © Eri Takase
“One evening in Florida I was watching a sunset, or more accurately I was watching the motion of the sunset's colored light on the landscape. It was dramatic, bold and beautiful. When the sun had completely set, I sat there, in complete darkness, replaying in my mind what I had seen. The only remaining light was the light I was seeing in my mind — the Japanese word zanshou translates to English as ‘afterglow’ but it literally means ‘remaining light’ or ‘light that is left–over’. My mind made this connection and then the dancing light I was replaying in my head began to dance this word. Days later I put this image to canvas,” says Master Takase of this design.
This work is an example of Master Takase's use of modern techniques (in this case acrylics) to create contemporary works able to complement modern surroundings. As with other Japanese Arts including Reiki, hara and ki are essential to creating each work.