小櫃凛泉

Calligrapher Rinsen
in Izumo

小櫃凛泉

小櫃凛泉

Fascinated by“the Water”

To the Land of Izumo
Fascinated by the Sacred Water of Manai

In Japanese mythology, it is said that the deity Okuninushi no Okami was the one who first cultivated and built Japan. He is enshrined at Izumo Taisha, which is located in Shimane prefecture and is considered one of the most important shrines in Japan.

In July 2021, life brought Rinsen to this sacred place. The moment Rinsen stepped on the land of Izumo, she felt the rising energy coming right through her feet and embraced her inner spiritual (hara) connection. Although she had never been to Izumo before, she felt like she was welcomed back.

Upon the arrival, Rinsen was also fascinated by Manai no Shimizu, a spring water spouting from Mikage mountain. Manai no Shimizu is special not only because it is selected as one of the exquisite and well-conserved waters in Japan, but also because it is used for sacred rituals at Izumo Taisha.

Rinsen felt a strong urge to live by Manai no Shimizu so that she can use the water to both purify herself and to make sumi ink for her calligraphy work.

Rinsen had now moved her work base to Izumo, setting up her own studio at a traditional-style Japanese house she found near Izumo Taisha.

PROFILE OF RINSEN

Japanese Calligraphy Artist
Pouring heart and soul to the Sumi Ink

Aiming to go beyond the concept of letters, Rinsen’s calligraphy has its own unique expressions and reflects scenery that makes people feel like it is breathing and alive.

With over 10 years of experience as a calligrapher, Rinsen is now going deeper into her world of art. From the sacred land of Izumo, she is determined to create and share something new that touches and resonates with people’s heart.

Rose calligraphy

~ Collaboration work with OKUIZUMO ROSE GARDEN

奥出雲薔薇園ロゴ

Merging Agriculture and Art

“Sahime” is a rose cultivar developed by Okuizumo Rose Garden.
During the harvest season, Sahime blooms to the size of the flowers of tree peonies and the elegant aroma spreads all around.

When sumi ink is made with natural rose water and pigment of Sahime and used for calligraphy, one can see clearly brushstrokes and the flow of lines. The ink gives a unique sense and rich texture, offering different sceneries on the front and back.

Each piece has a different face, the one and the only in the world.

Atelier

Studio Information (close to Izumo Taisha)

Rinsen’s studio is located right off Shinmon street, the main street that leads to Izumo Taisha.

The building make use of Hiikawa Washi, traditional Japanese papers that are carefully handcrafted by the professionals who inherit the traditional manufacturing method from Edo era (over 150 years ago).

The studio welcomes you with Rinsen’s calligraphy works, each showing a variety of expressions.

Izumo is known as a land of myths.
You might be able to meet some words/letters that connect with your inner source.

Please take your time, relax, and enjoy the space.

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