平仮名 (ひらがな, hiragana): こ (i.e. “ko”)

The modern form of こ comes from the cursive form of the kanji 己 (こ, ko, i.e.: “self”, also “snake”, “serpent”, etc.). Follow the progression of the different scripts shown in Figures 1 to 3 to understand its origin.


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Figure 1. Standard script (楷書, かいしょ, kaisho) of the kanji 己. Calligraphy by 品天龍涙 (ぽんてりゅうるい, Ponte Ryūrui), ink on paper.

Figure 2. Semi-cursive script (行書, ぎょうしょ, gyōsho) of the kanji 己. Calligraphy by 品天龍涙 (ぽんてりゅうるい, Ponte Ryūrui), ink on paper.

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Figure 3. Cursive script (草書, そうしょ, sōsho) of the kanji 己. Calligraphy by 品天龍涙 (ぽんてりゅうるい, Ponte Ryūrui), ink on paper.

Figure 4. Calligraphy of the hiragana character こ Note the corresponding shape with the cursive form of the character 己 (Figure 3). Calligraphy by 品天龍涙 (ぽんてりゅうるい, Ponte Ryūrui), ink on paper.


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Figure 5. The word こい (koi, i.e. “love”, “tender passion”) written in Japanese kana (かな) script. The hiragana character い is based on the cursive form of the kanji 以 (い, i, i.e. “by means of”, “because of”, etc.), which was explained in this article. Calligraphy by 品天龍涙 (ぽんてりゅうるい, Ponte Ryūrui), ink on paper.

About: Ponte Ryūrui (Posts: 120)

Ponte Ryuurui (品天龍涙, ぽんてりゅうるい, Ponte Ryūrui) is the pen name of Piotr Ponte L. Sypniewski. He began studying calligraphy in 2001 under Japanese Master Kajita Esshuu (梶田越舟, かじたえっしゅう, 1938 – present). Ryuu has abandoned his legal profession in order to devote his entire life to the art of Chinese and Japanese calligraphy. He is a published poet and writer, a calligrapher, ink painter and scholar.


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