A lesson in calligraphy

I imagined calligraphers at a wooden desk or easel with a thick brush carefully creating black inked strokes into a Haiku poem. But . . .

Tamamuchi arcade, Kyoto

On my last day in Kyoto, I wandered Teramachi Kyogoku Shopping Arcade to avoid the rain and my ideal was shattered. A calligrapher stood over a long scroll spread over the floor with a brush in hand. He whisked his brush in rapid strokes and finished in a matter of seconds.

Tamamuchi arcade, Kyoto
Another store in Teramachi Kyogoku Shopping Arcade, Kyoto

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