This time at the Japanese calligraphy (Shodo) workshop at the Art Students League of Denver, we practiced a Zen Buddhism saying “一笑千山青 – Issho (sureba) Senzan Ao (shi)” which literally means one smile makes thousand mountains blue. It says that when confronting troubles or hardships, a smile helps you to see clearer and overcome them. I always admire that everyone works very hard to practice each stroke and character during the workshop. Each time after my workshop, I feel it’s important to get back to the basics occasionally. I am so grateful for another wonderful opportunity to introduce Japanese calligraphy.