Calligraphy on Paulownia wood – Ai 「愛」("love")
EACH CALLIGRAPHY IS UNIQUE.
"Aikido is love," said Morihei Ueshiba, the founder of aikido. This modern martial art was created not to fight and defeat an enemy, but to bring the world together and seek peace. "Aikido's secret is to bring yourself into harmony with the universe. Aikido taught me that the universe is inside me, and that I am the universe."
According to Ueshiba, when the enemy tries to fight you, he is breaking the universe's harmony. Aikido is non-resistive, and as a result, it wins from the start. Evil is defeated from the beginning.
As an embodiment of the universe, the martial artist exudes its spirit, which is love. "Love pervades the entire cosmos, from past to future, in all directions."
About kiri (paulownia)
Kiri, known in the West as paulownia, or sometimes princess tree, is a lightweight wood that has a distinctive silky surface. It offers a beautiful contrast with black ink.
Kiri were once sacred trees in China, because people believed that phoenixes only perched on their branches. Due to these revered origins, the Japanese imperial family adopted the kiri flower as one of its emblems towards the end of the first millennium.
In Japan, it was also customary to plant a paulownia when a girl was born. Later, when the daughter married, the tree would be cut down and transformed into a dresser for her kimonos.
Nowadays, kiri wood is often used to craft furnitures, music instruments or gift box.
This calligraphy features a set of metallic hooks and wire for hanging. These can be easily removed and replaced with your own system or frame if you wish to do so.
– Japanese kiri (Paulownia) wood
– Japanese Ink
– Oil-base permanent varnish
– Metallic hooks & wire
Size: 35 x 35 x 1.8 cm
Weight: about 0.5 Kg
Kiri is a very lightweight wood with low density and is thus delicate.
Manipulate with care and avoid collision with other objects.
The item is protected with an oil-base permanent varnish, and requires very little maintenance.
Do not display under direct sunlight.
Wood is a natural material and can warp slightly over time.
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