Your Calligraphy is Weak!!!

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I remember when I first started to visit Calligraphy exhibitions with a friend, he would always comment on every piece of calligraphy that we looked at together. Unless there was a ribbon which meant that it had won an award from the organization or it was done by a teacher, he would say, “The calligraphy is weak.” At one exhibition I saw a lovely kana scroll and time stood still. Kana script is my favourite. I guess I was looking at it for a long time because he came over and asked what I … [Read more...]

How Calligraphy Clubs are Making the World a Better Place

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Many universities in Japan have a Calligraphy Clubs led by students, and many students learn Calligraphy as club activities. Hosei University also has a Calligraphy Club called “Hosei University Shodōkai”. Usually, a University Calligraphy Club is only for students enrolled in that university. But Hosei University Shodōkai is so unique and intercollegiate. It accepts not only Hosei University students but also other university students in Tokyo. Now, over 50 members learn calligraphy … [Read more...]

Review of Snoopy Japanesque

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When I decided to come to Japan for a year (18 years ago), I had no idea how much this country suits my personality. However, it did not take me long to notice how important cuteness is in Japanese culture. So I can easily see why Snoopy is so well-loved here. The Snoopy Japanesque exhibit was held at Hankyu Department store in Umeda. I made a date to go with my darling husband and when I saw the works, I was so moved that I had to fight hard to retain my composure, for fear of embarrassing … [Read more...]

‘Out of Character: Decoding Chinese Calligraphy,’ at the Asian Art Museum

Jerry Yang, CEO of Yahoo and Xu Bing, living master of Chinese Calligraphy

"Out of Character: Decoding Chinese Calligraphy," is the first major exhibition of Chinese calligraphy in the U.S. since 1999. After its presentation at the Asian Art Museum, the exhibition is scheduled to tour to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, in 2014. In his book of the same name, Michael Sullivan named Chinese painting, poetry and calligraphy as the “three perfections” of Chinese culture. In the current show at the Asian, calligraphy is presented in such a way as to … [Read more...]

The Pursuit of Pleasure Beyond Tradition and Style

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日本語版はこちらからご覧になれます。 A very attractive and interesting calligraphy event was held in Asakusa, Tokyo, one of the most famous places in Japan, from July 27th to the 29th, 2012. The event was the 11th Annual Calligraphy Exhibition by “Yūyū”, (Calligraphy friends from all over Japan). As it states in its name, there were works presented by people who love calligraphy across Japan (and we had a British friend too!). This exhibition consisted of works of calligraphers which expanded … [Read more...]

The 11th Annual “Yū yū Calligraphy Exhibition (calligraphy friends from all over Japan).

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Dates: July 27th (Fri) to July 29th (Sun), 2012 Hours: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm (4:00 pm on the 29th) Place: Asakusa Public Hall    1-38-6 Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo Open to the public free of charge Access: 5 minute walk from Asakusa Station “Yū yū (佑友)”, a calligraphy organization of people from all over Japan, is presenting its 11th annual exhibition. Led by Master Shuuya Yamada, the group was started 10 years ago with 40 budding calligraphers ranging in age from their 20s … [Read more...]

Calligraphy Marking a New Year

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Text: Ponte Ryūrui (品天龍涙) English editing: Rona Conti Japanese/Chinese editing: Yuki Anada In Japan, on the second day of the first month of the calendar, there is a tradition of writing the first calligraphy of the New Year. This custom originated in the Imperial Court long before it became a nation-wide custom. According to the kyūreki (旧暦, きゅうれき), the last Japanese lunisolar calendar that was in use between the years 1844 and 1872, an official event celebrating the first … [Read more...]