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Whitefriar Aikido Club Presents an evening of Painting Peace, A documentary of Kazuaki Tanahashi
September 29, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm€10
This September 29, 2016 at 6:30 – 9:30 pm we will host the return of Kaz Tanahashi to our Dojo.
Kazuaki Tanahashi is a calligrapher, painter, Zen scholar, and writer. As a peace worker, Kaz is founding director of A World Without Armies.
A Japanese-trained calligrapher, he is the pioneer of the genre of “one stroke painting” as well as the creator of multicolor enso (Zen circles). His brushwork has been shown in solo exhibitions in galleries, museums, and universities all over the world. Tanahashi has edited several books of Dogen’s writings and is also the author of Brush Mind.
As a student of Morihei Ueshiba in Japan, Kaz has this to say about his study of Aikido, “All the martial arts had been prohibited (post WWII). An old man was growing rice and yams in a country village and was teaching an underground class of martial art in a small dojo surrounded by young pine trees. He had about five kids at the nightly training. That was the time when I studied with Morihei Ueshiba, the founder of Aikido. (We were a bunch of boys; no girls were practicing in the class—perhaps the only class of Aikido in Japan, that means in the world, at that time.”
The documentary, Painting Peace, is an insightful film which follows him to Europe and Japan and into his home and family life.
The evening begins with the showing of the film, then a short break followed by a calligraphy demonstration where attendants will be able to purchase requested artwork.
Requesting a 10 Euro donation at the door
All proceeds will go to A World Without Armies