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One Hundred Character Poem – Life is Beautiful

By Rona Conti / 23/02/2016 /

Neigetsu is a Japanese Calligraphic Designer and Artist, born in Tokyo, Japan in 1982. She began learning Japanese calligraphy at the age of 6. Neigetsu received a Bachelor of Education from the University of Tokyo. She attained the rank of Shihan in 2008, certifying her as an instructor of Japanese calligraphy. Her artwork goes beyond…

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What is Kana Ryoshi?

By Sakiko Yanagisawa / 10/02/2016 /

Have you ever seen the Genji Monogatari in the form of an 絵巻物 emaki-mono, an Illustrated Handscroll of the Tale of Genji based upon the famous novel by Murasaki Shikibu at a museum or reproduced in a book? I’m sure you were surprised to see the beautiful and delicate paper of the Genji Monogatari illustrated…

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Chinese New Year’s Eve

By Beyond Calligraphy / 13/01/2016 /

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 /

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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Would You Show Your Calligraphy Mistakes for an Exhibition?

By Rona Conti / 02/10/2015 /

What is the meaning of the color red in various cultures? What comes to your mind first? Red as celebratory in China, red for a 60th birthday in Japan and your second childhood, a red light meaning stop immediately or the dreaded X in red in Western cultures meaning incorrect on schoolwork? You must be…

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What do Calligraphy, Handmade Paper and Rejection have in Common?

By Rona Conti / 05/06/2015 /

All artists need to become skilled in accepting the many ways of rejection, from form letters to “we had so many high quality applicants, unfortunately you were not selected etc.” Some offer encouragement which is appreciated. Whatever the reason for not being accepted into an exhibition or a gallery or when there is a likely…

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

By Rona Conti / 24/03/2015 /

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

By Rona Conti / 17/02/2015 /

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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Calligraphy Performance with Jazz

By Sakiko Yanagisawa / 23/01/2015 /

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…

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書展 ・ 祭りばやし

By Sakiko Yanagisawa / 28/10/2014 /

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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