A close up of a finished work by Tanahashi.
Tanahashi prepares one of his calligraphy brushes in his Berkeley studio.
"A painting works only on the edge of not working. Then what is ungraspable comes near." -Kazuaki Tanahashi
Calligraphy brushes today come in various forms, types, and sizes.
Tanahashi with his colored paints.
"As soon as you accept the accidental effect, they are no longer accidents." -Kazuaki Tanahashi
Tools in Tanahashi's Berkeley studio.
"Each moment is a miracle encompassing everything: the joy and sorrow, the failure and success, the disappointment and happiness, the celebration and grief." -Kazuaki Tanahashi
Tanahashi holds a traditional calligraphy brush.
"The circle is a reminder that each moment is not just the present, but is inclusive of our gratitude to the past and our responsibility to the future." -Kazuaki Tanahashi
Tanahashi holds a red stamp or "chop". Chops are the signature of the artist.
Tanahashi's calligraphy brushes in his Berkeley studio.
"If you are under control, you lose the danger of glimpsing an unknown realm." -Kazuaki Tanahashi
A close up of a piece by Tanahashi.
A finished work by Tanahashi.
Kazuaki Tanahashi is an accomplished Japanese calligrapher. Born and trained in Japan, Tanahashi is an active calligraphy and Zen teacher as well as as an environmentalist and peace worker. His paintings have been displayed in exhibitions internationally.