We, the Bokujin (People of the Ink), believe that the act of writing starts as a motion from deep within each of us. In the act of writing script, forms appear from within us and manifest themselves. Writing emerges directly from within us. The expressions of movement found in sho have a large range from powerfully impacting its viewers to magnanimously drawing in and embracing viewers while possessing great strength at its base, and to easing and releasing the emotions of the viewers. Such is the expressions of movement, which are directly transmitted to the viewers. It is neither logic nor knowledge, and may be a holistic sensation. For example, when you meet someone for the first time, you may feel a sense of pressure from that person or a sense of kind understanding. Therein lies a feeling that comes from the depth of one’s circumstances, and not simply one’s goodness. In addition to the totality of this sensation, we believe that this feeling comes from an instinctual, holistic intuition that is universal in all people. It is an inherent trust, in which the deepening of human beings can be found.
We believe the raw depth of those deserving such trust can readily be maximized and expressed in sho. For sho to be such, we say that sho is “the movement of life” rather than “the movement of the kokoro.” Just as kokoro (the heart/mind) may think this way or feel that way, the word kokoro reflects a phase in which it takes some form for its function. The phrase “the movement of the kokoro” refers to the inner motions that arise from the deeper layers before forms appear. The word “life” captures the motions that emerge from the depths that even the consciousness cannot reach. We believe that sho is the movement that comes to life and goes out of us from the depth of depths, transcending good and bad. This is not something that appeals to the surface sensibility of a viewer, rather it directly hits life and possesses deep strength.