Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Calligraphy & Envelope of Congratulatory Money;

 (posted; Japanese culture page)

My husband's ex-lady-collage is a member of the "genyuukai" calligraphy school.
We went to see The Exhibition of the school; for this exhibition, the master class member's works were exhibited not the learning class members.

She is standing by her work. 
You can see some Yojijukugo; 四字熟語  (I've posted before) in their works.

*About the Chinese character '寿 kotobuki, ことぶき'*
This Chinese character originally means "cerebrate with words, 言祝(kotohogi, ことほぎ)".  This character is used for the "Envelope of Congratulatory Money", which we offer before the wedding ceremony starts. And put our names in the space under the lovely string. The string is called "水引き, mizuhiki". Recently, we have these varieties of lovely ones; right end has the original simple design. 

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  1. such beautiful calligraphy. and i like the envelopes and the custom, too!

  2. I love calligraphy, my dear friend, and these pictures are exceptionally beautiful! I do some English calligraphy, but I would love to learn more.

  3. The calligraphy is very beautiful. I have been at a Japanese wedding in New York and saw the pretty money envelopes being given to the bride as well as gold jewelry.

  4. Hello Miyako,
    Lovely post! The calligraphy is beautiful and I love the pretty envelopes and string..the custom is very nice. Thank you for sharing..Enjoy your day!

  5. Que linda exposição!Pena eu não entender,rs bjs,chica

  6. ...the expression with words can mean so much to those who appreciate art in any style. I love this concept.

    And, thanks for visiting Hootin' Anni's and stopping by and taking time to leave a lovely comment on my bird photo blog!!! Your positive feedback is so appreciated.

  7. Your husband's ex-colleague's work looks wonderful! Seeing the calligraphy makes me feel serene :-)
    I find many variety of congratulatory money envelopes these days. The ones you showed are very pretty!
    I'm glad the earthquake was not so big. But it's scary for sure! Please be safe, Miyako san, and have a nice day!!

  8. Konnichiwa, Orchid-san :)

    We have the same envelops where we put money for birthdays, weddings or baptisms. But the Japanese envelop looks prettier!

    Happy Shunbun No Hi this Friday (bow)
    Take care!

  9. Dearest Miyako,
    Your husband's ex colleague makes great calligraphy and that is a true art in Japanese characters.
    LOVE the way those ribbons are tied around the cards. What a lovely customs and such an elegant presentation.

  10. dearest Miyako san!
    the original simple design mizuhiki.
    The Envelope of congratulatory mone are we offer before the wedding ceremony was so beautiful.
    Itumademo nagai otoshio okurashi kudasai mase.

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  12. Oh those envelopes are just wonderful... what a lovely custom and a wonderful way to present the gift.

    The calligraphy is lovely -- I don't understand it well enough to distinguish between the expert and those still learning -- your friend's work looks perfect to me!

  13. Here I am again -- I was going to add this comment to your next post, but I see it doesn't have a place for comments (your temporary post). I wanted to tell you how much I love your header pictures with the beautiful daffodils and spring flowers. It is absolutely beautiful. Thank you for posting these.

  14. The calligraphy is absolutely beautiful! I also love the lovely way the string is knotted.

  15. That is so lovely.