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Title: Healing Kamiyomoji

Welcome to the world of Kamiyomoji! 

My artworks are the expressions of mixture of East & West, the Old & the New, based on my love equation, which is,

" I = Love "

Love is... =ラブ(in Katakana, Japanese)=pronounces "luv"= 0 =〇=Whole & Complete=Divine=神(Kami, deities)=柱(poles)=(its shape holds the same as )I=pronounces "ai"=愛(ai)=I

Therefore, I am love, you are love, we are all whole & complete. ;-)

About Me
Hello, everyone! Thank you for visiting my website. I'm a Japanese Artist, Tsukiyo Hoshikage, the creator of Kamiyomoji Kotodama Calligraphy Art. 
I am originally from a small island in Ehime prefecture which is located in south western part of Japan. I was born and grew up there until graduating from high school, and moved to NYC at the age 20. After receiving art educations at several art schools in NYC, I worked as a freelance artist for about 15 years. My art works have received several awards and shown at galleries in NYC and some magazines. (Please visit my portfolio site for more details)


About Kamiyomoji Kotodama Calligraphy Art
Kamiyomoji Kotodama Calligraphy Art is calligraphy art of ancient Japanese characters called Kamiyomoji along with use of other forms of traditional Japanese arts such as KotodamaHaiku/Waka/Senryu, Sumi-e, etc and also modern digital computer technology. 

What is Kamiyomoji?
Kamiyo-moji  or Jindai-moji (Japanese: 神代文字 “Characters of the Age of the Gods") are characters said to have been used in ancient Japan. They have been used in Shinto(神道) rituals, talisman, amulet, "Goshintai"(the temporary repositories which allow human to be accessible to deities), as well as in confidential documents, or technical script of martial arts, etc.

The number of Kamiyomoji currently discovered in Japan is as many as 30. As far as I know, famous & popular ones are 4 or 5 from them. It is said that some of the Kamiyomoji are as old as the early Jomon period (about 10,000 BC, Stone Age). And some look very similar to cuneiform, Hebrew characters, Hangul characters, etc… 

To this day, many people have studied Kamiyomoji, and it seems the information of Kamiyomoji has been more exposed to the public in recent years. Many books are also published, and many of them say that there are miraculous healing powers in Kamiyomoji. As a matter of fact, some licensed doctors and health practitioners in Japan use Kamiyomoji in their treatment methods. Miraculous results, such as that incurable diseases were cured, that chronic conditions were improved, that a bully stopped, that the crime rate was decreased, or that gray hair were lessened…etc…various cases are being reported. 

I currenly use 5 Kamiyomoji characters in my arts. 

For more details about Kamiyomoji, please read "Japan The Wonderland"

 

"Kotodama" --When "Kotodama" is written in Chinese Characters, its direct meaning would be "Spirit of the Word". When you look into it in a English dictionary, it says "The words with miraculous powers". As you can probably imagine, I think its concept is similar to "affirmations" in Western cultures. When you say positive words, you attract positive outcome, etc... In Japan, it is believed that certain words such as "Arigatou(Thank You)" carries more powers than other words. It is important that you say those words aloud even though you don't really mean it. "Kotodama" has a long history, and it is said that every person who was born in the bloodline of imperial family receive the education of Kotodama philosophy. It is not only from the philosophical or spiritual point of views,  actually, certain words are proven to affect the tension or strength of body muscles instantly and make differences in human actions.  I often use those words in the message on the artworks.

"Haiku/Waka/Senryu" -- As many of you probably know, they are short forms of poetry,  with the rhythm of 5 • 7 • 5( • 7 • 7). Especially "Haiku" is widely spread to the world, many people enjoy creating it and share with others regardless of difference of language or cultures. What many people may not know is its history and sacred meaning of it, which is, the message of Omikuji (fortune-telling-paper-strip that you can get at Japanese shrines) was initially only written in the form of Waka as messages from god. So, some believe that the rhythm of 5 • 7 • 5( • 7 • 7) is sacred, and writing the words with the rhythm could be considered as your prayer to gods. 

"Sumi-e" -- It is a popular asian art form with a long history. It is a water color painting method using Sumi-ink (charcoal black ink). To me, the part that uses Sumi-Ink is very important. Sumi is charcoal. And, charcoal is actually a very interesting substance. For examples, when a child swallowed a coin by mistakes, doctor often makes the child drink charcoal liquid because it absorbs toxins from the coin. In Japan, we use charcoal in order to erase odors of shoes, some people put charcoal into a rice cooker in order to make the rice more tasty. And spiritually, charcoal-black is believed to absorb negativity as well, that is why it works with Shakyou (transcribing sutras) perfectly. 


Stories Behind Kamiyomoji Kotodama Calligraphy Arts

In 2012, I permanently moved back to Japan for my family matters and decided to put my art-career on hold for a while. In the meantime, I traveled around the country visiting many places, while I adjust myself with life in Japan again.

For me who was emotionally, physically and spiritually exhausted at that time, traveling gave me a lot of comfort and healing, and helped me rediscover the beauty of Japanese cultures, especially old & traditional ones.  I fell in love with Ukiyoe and Kimomo patterns all over again, got a new hobby of visiting shrines and temples.

As I visit many places, I noticed something very  interesting, which is, many of Japanese cultures are strongly connected to the oldest Japanese history books, "Kojiki" and "Nihonshoki". Although they are academically considered as history books, the stories there are considered more as myths because of the lots of mystical, miraculous contents of it. As a matter of fact, many stories from the books are still told as fairytales to children in Japan. What was fascinating to me is the fact that the deities who show up in the books are still worshipped at the many Shinto shrines in Japan, and the Japanese first emperor was also born from the blood lines.  As you know, still many people, not only Japanese but the people from all over the world enjoy visiting Japanese shrines.  It has definitely become a part of our way of life. Also, considering the fact that the religion Shinto is strongly connected with Imperial household, I am not religious myself, but I can not deny that traditional Japanese cultures has a lot of religious and spiritual aspects of it.  

And then, in the process of learning Japanese old cultures, I also learned the existence of several ancient Japanese characters, called "Kamiyomoji". It is said that they were used in the era long before the current Japanese characters, Hiragana, Katakana, and Kanji were used, when Japanese deities ruled the land. Because of that, they are called "Kamiyomoji" which means "the characters of god era" in Japanese, and also it is often considered that they possess mysterious spiritual power. 

So, as I practiced writing Kamiyomoji in Japanese calligraphy, I also came up with the idea of combining with other traditional Japanese art forms such as Kotodama, Haiku/Waka/Senryu, and Sumi-e...etc. Combining them all together into one place makes Kamiyomoji Kotodama Calligraphy Art very positive, unique and one of a kind.

 

As I already mentioned before, Kamiyomoji is believed to possess supernatural powers since it is said that they are the characters used in the age of gods. So, when your own name is written in Kamiyomoji, it represents your soul or higher-self, which helps you to bring out your highest potential, and help you live your life in fullest. Even if you don't believe any of those things, still it would be a great one of a kind artwork to look at it. For more info about the service, please read "Commissons".

The meaning of the waka on the photo above is, "This success is all because of you, to those who have supported me all the way, thank you so much, wishing you great happiness & prosperity". It was created when my crowdfunding ended successfully. 

May all the good fortunes be with you & your loved ones always....

As I create my Kamiyomoji Kotodama Calligraphy Art, I pour my prayer into each one of my artworks or custom gifts for my customers. 

Wishing you all the best! 

Hoshikage

P.S. Please take a look at my previous crowdfunding campaign at Kickstarter & read how this project has grown over time. :-) 

Kamiyomoji Kotodama Calligraphy Art Campaign at Kickstarte