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What you hold in your hands is the second edition of the Berlin Kinbaku Society Magazine. It appears almost exclusively in monotone black and white with a bit of blue and red. That is no accident as we are following the seasons with our research and this little piece covers WINTER.

A long, dark, and somehow strangely warm winter has ended  only to give way to even stranger and surrealistic times. Our topics for this issue were: emptiness, scarcity, the cold dryness of the lifeless plains of winter landscapes, grief, death, stillness, the silent waiting of the seeds deep in the dark earth but also the grotesque rites de passage of carne-val.

Berlin Kinbaku Society Magazine. Issue #2. Design: Kaley

As life passes, how do we deal with the marks it leaves upon us? How to live through times without light, times tainted by dark, cold, grey colours, hidden bymist?

Now we all are locked down in our homes, some of us alone, and also lonely. All Kinbaku venues are closed, events are cancelled. Scarcity holds court. New, fresh green leaves have come to the light, the air is warm and smells different. The trees are blossoming. But the city is motionless.

We are still in the void.

Winter was the season to mourn  losses. Some of us had to suffer through grieving the lost of loved ones. Toshio Saeki, one of the contemporary grandmasters Eru guro passed away this winter. There is only one way to go through the grief – one mustfinally accept the pain.

So pain, again, becamea topic of our research. But how different is the angle from which we look at itin this winter issue. 

What you hold in your hands is the manifestation of our last quarter’s research, from December 2019 to February 2020, and how these topics are related to Kinbaku. We hope you enjoy reading it, as most of our readers enjoyed the first issue. We were overwhelmed by the positive feedback—and the fact that all of our limited edition prints are gone. We shipped to the UK, Denmark, Sweden, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain (Tenerife), and even to the USA. Many thanks to everyone who supported this project, buying a magazine or donating money.

What also happened in this season, even before the VIRUS caused so muchisolation and distance, was that we didn’t come together as much as we had wished to tie together, to share our research in Kinbaku—in person . But with all the research, we shall not forget to tie at the end. Only when we practice Kinbaku, only when aiming to become better, we can create depth.

Now Spring has come. We are still in the void.

As many businesses have done it, as many educators try—we will have to go virtual. Some of us—some of you!—are privileged enough to be together with partners. Other’s might be alone, but find tranquility for contemplation, writing, and drawing.

We would like to call out to you:send us your contributions. The next issue wants to come to light. Spring is energetic, raising juices, breaking through the dry crust in an explosion of fertility. How does this influence your Kinbaku? Do you tie differently when the air is warm and the trees are green?

But for now, maybe, we can sweeten your isolation at home. Sit down in a chair, make a tea, or grab a beer, or wine and indulge yourself with our second issue of this magazine. We gave our best! Therefore, we would be even more delighted when you take it to bed, read it under the blanket – and get some “beautiful feelings.”

April 2020 | Alexander MA

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