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