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Culture

Calligraphy and Photography

By David Rubin / 30/06/2017 / 3 Comments

Calligraphy and photography share a common dilemma. Do they produce true art or merely crafts? That is, does their practice create real works of art, or are they simply well-crafted expressions with no deeper content than their surface beauty? Everyone writes, and thus everyone, intentionally or not, creates calligraphy. Today cameras are ubiquitous. Anyone and…

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An Introduction to the Art of Etegami

By Dosankodebbie / 10/01/2017 / 11 Comments

In recent years, the popular Japanese art form known as etegami (e= image; tegami= letter) has captured the interest and imagination of artists all over the world. The simplest English definition of etegami may well be “Japanese postcard art.” But that phrase hardly does justice to the “the way” of etegami, and I’m happy to…

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PERSONA NON GRATA – Chiune Sugihara

By Sakiko Yanagisawa / 15/03/2016 / 2 Comments

In 2015, a film about the Japanese diplomat Chiune Sugihara and his actions in the midst of WWII was made by Director Cellin Gluck. The film was shot in Poland where most of the Jewish refugees whose lives he saved had escaped from to Lithuania. The movie’s name is “PERSONA NON GRATA” (Japanese movie title:…

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Chinese New Year’s Eve

By Calligraphy Beyond / 13/01/2016 / 2 Comments

This year’s Chinese New Year, which is the first day of the lunar year, is coming in less than a month on February 8th. According to ancient tradition, families gather around for dinner on New Year’s eve, symbolizing the start of a fifteen-days celebration from lunar January 1st to the 15th, which is also the…

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Find Out How Sumi (Ink Sticks) Are Created in Japan.

By Rona Conti / 18/11/2015 / 2 Comments

Nara, the ancient capital of Japan, seems worlds away from Tokyo and even Kyoto, especially in the bleak winter January month I chose to visit. In truth, I had been there several times, but this trip was to be a calligraphy supply buying trip in advance of my return to Boston. There is no hustle…

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書展 ・ 祭りばやし

By Sakiko Yanagisawa / 28/10/2014 / 0 Comments

東京・駒込。JR山手線の駅東口を出て、下町の商店街を横目に線路沿いを歩いて横道に入ったところにある落ち着いた画廊で、毎年、”書道書道していない書展”が行なわれている。

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Your Calligraphy is Weak!!!

By Dave Gosine / 10/07/2014 / 0 Comments

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…

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How Calligraphy Clubs are Making the World a Better Place

By Sakiko Yanagisawa / 18/04/2014 / 0 Comments

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…

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Review of Snoopy Japanesque

By Julia Kimura / 01/10/2013 / 0 Comments

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

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

By Dave Gosine / 11/10/2012 / 0 Comments

Up until now there has been little to help the Western public to understand Chinese calligraphy, beyond appreciating it as an abstract art form.

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