Calligraphy History

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Chiune Sugihara, The Heart Sutra, and L’Dor V’Dor, from Generation to Generation.

Chiune Sugihara was a Japanese diplomat who, in July of 1940, through extraordinary measures and under seemingly impossible circumstances, selflessly saved the lives of endangered Jews. To honor his memory and that of those whose lives were both lost and saved, artwork by Rona Conti can now be viewed at the Sugihara Foundation and Museum […]

Recent Articles

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An Unexpected Visit to Taiwan Master Calligrapher SYUE Ping-nan’s Studio

The telephone call I received in Japanese while living in Japan seemed mysterious. I thought I understood what was being said and replied in Japanese, yet I was unsure. The woman said that she was a calligraphy teacher and had heard about me, a foreigner studying calligraphy, and that she would like me to meet […]

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Why Your Calligraphy Credit Never Works Out the Way You Plan

As you may or may not know, I am a photographer by trade, calligraphy is just a hobby of mine which I started in order to improve my Japanese. By starting Beyond Calligraphy, I’ve made many new friends in the art of Calligraphy and Sumi-E. Sometimes I get an E-mail or phone call from friends […]

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Chiune Sugihara, The Heart Sutra, and L’Dor V’Dor, from Generation to Generation.

Chiune Sugihara was a Japanese diplomat who, in July of 1940, through extraordinary measures and under seemingly impossible circumstances, selflessly saved the lives of endangered Jews. To honor his memory and that of those whose lives were both lost and saved, artwork by Rona Conti can now be viewed at the Sugihara Foundation and Museum […]

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How Far Would You Go To Have “Your Name Written in Calligraphy”

How do a female car stunt driver and a contemporary calligraphy artist collaborate to make magic in just over a minute and make each of us want to create as they do? How do they go far beyond the traditional “ your name written in calligraphy ” advertised so often on the internet? The new […]

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5 Tips On How To Make Your Calligraphy Sell

Everyone has had a portrait taken of themselves sometime in their life. For most people it starts with that cute baby picture, then the school photos, your wedding day and then your family photos. Rinse and repeat the process. What is the common thing in all those portraits, other than you being in the photo? […]

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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 […]