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Archive for June 2012

Kanji: 森

森 follows a concept of three pictographs of a tree (木, き, ki) combined in one character, and it emphasises thick tree growth, i.e. woods.

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Kanji: 上

the character 上 originally meant “the higher part (or place)”, and it was represented by two horizontal lines. In later stages its meaning was broadened to

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Climbing the Moon Tree, Part 2.

Continuing the story of the Hankeido (桂堂攀, はんけいどう, Hankeidō) workshop, the construction of maki fude (巻筆, まきふで) is most unusual. The first 3rd of the root of the tuft is wrapped and strengthened with a hand-made Japanese hemp paper, also known as washi (和紙, わし). Thus, the name maki (to wrap) fude (brush). Because of…

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桂堂 を攀じる、パート1

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明治42年、十三世雲平は東京に攀 桂堂 を移し、松方正義(まつかたまさよし)翁、大倉喜八郎翁、書家の比田井天来・小琴ご夫婦、岡山高陰(おかやまたかかげ)などの諸先生方に筆のご用を賜る。

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