This year, my luck has struck once again. I received a gold award for an outstanding calligraphy work during the 2014's national level kakizome contest, which is held yearly in Japan. This is the third consecutive year that I won the gold prize.
I chose to write a work in cursive script, which is always a challenge. Cursive script can be very deceptive, especially to someone who has little experience in Chinese or Japanese calligraphy art, and it may even seem easy, but in reality it is a very demanding script. Nonetheless, in 2013 I spent several months studying various Chinese classics in cursive script, so I thought I will put my skills to a test.
The text is as follows: 花鳥紅雲春句麗、月梅疎影夜香聞, and it translates into:
"The beauty of birds, flowers and crimson skies during spring, the fragrance and silhouettes of the plum trees lit by the evening moon".
Chuffed as I may be, I already look forward to a new challenge next year!