Calligraphy History

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Nichiren as Calligrapher, The Lotus Sutra, Siddham, and Moji-Mandala.

Japanese mandalas are typically graphic visualizations of scenes described in a particular Sūtra. The most known examples are probably the Kongōkai (Diamond) and Taizōkai (Womb) mandalas introduced in Japan by the monk Kūkai (空海 774~835) in the Heian period. The calligraphic mandala, known as Moji-Mandala, conceived by the monk Nichiren (日蓮 1222~1282), equally describes a […]

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Calligraphy Performance with Jazz

How do you feel about calligraphy? Do you find it stiff and formal? Do you find it boring and uninteresting? Chinese and Japanese Calligraphy has a very long history, and calligraphers must follow its foundations, its rules for creating. They are very strict and formal. Learning the history and the formalities can be interesting whether […]

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What is Shihan and is Ranking Important in Calligraphy?

The title Shihan is conferred upon people who have reached the level of mastery in calligraphy which certifies them to teach. There is much confusion about this title for many reasons including that the title is used in Japanese martial arts as an honorific for expert or senior instructors. The renowned online dictionary by Jim […]

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東京・駒込。JR山手線の駅東口を出て、下町の商店街を横目に線路沿いを歩いて横道に入ったところにある落ち着いた画廊で、毎年、”書道書道していない書展”が行なわれている。

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What is the 5th Dimension of Calligraphy?

My own involvement in this special art has a haunting and evasive, sometimes very simple, undertone. Haunting because it is part of my mental life that includes much that is beyond or not part of everyday rational habits. It is more than an exotic Asian mystery and philosophy felt as a special mystique by many […]

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Can you solve this Calligraphy?

One of our reads asked for help in reading their scroll. The scroll is written on wood, measuring is 200L x 38.5cm. We have asked a few Calligraphy people in Japan, but still awaiting their answers. In the meantime, permission has been given for us to ask for the community in helping to solve this […]

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Gallery Sarah hosts ‘ Calligraphy – The Art of the Letter ‘ Exhibition.

Gallery Sarah in part of the bait Al Zubair Museum and it’s the first art gallery of its kind in Oman. From now until the end of August its hosting an exhibition by a group of calligraphers titled ‘Calligraphy – The Art of the Letter’. The exhibition brings together an eclectic mix of talented Arabic […]