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Archive for October 2013

The Insider's Guide to Arabic Calligraphy

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AraCal (AraCal.com) is a project aimed at the thorough preservation of Arabic calligraphy as it has evolved since its inception. Naturally, though, a project of this nature does not simply address literal changes in character strokes, proportions, and angles. Rather, AraCal is an exploration of these fluid scripts as they were handled, molded, and stretched…

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Tending the Spirit: An Interview with Master Ransui Yakata of the International Chinese Calligraphy and Ink Painting Society (ICCPS)

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There are branches of the International Chinese Calligraphy and Ink Painting Society (ICCPS) in eight major cities around the world. I was fortunate enough to be invited to enter the studio of ICCPS founder Master Ransui Yakata, who is the recipient of numerous awards at public exhibitions, including in ink painting (sumi-e). Master Ransui Yakata…

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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…

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