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

By Rona Conti / 06/11/2016 / 2 Comments

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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ペルソナ ノン グラータ(杉原千畝

By Sakiko Yanagisawa / 23/04/2016 / 2 Comments

2015年、第二次世界大戦の最中に活動した日本の外交官 杉原千畝についての映画が監督チェリン グラックによって制作された。この映画は、杉原によって救われリトアニアから逃れてきたユダヤ人難民の殆どが暮らしているポーランドで撮影された。

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Is it Bad to be Too Decorative ?

By Kaoru Akagawa / 28/03/2015 / 0 Comments

The famous German architect Bruno Taut, who influenced modern architects such as Le Corbusier, fled from the Nazis and lived in Japan from 1933-36. During his stay in Japan, he wrote many comments about various elements of Japanese architecture, but he was especially fascinated by the Katsura Imperial Villa in Kyoto; a palace which was…

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Nichiren as Calligrapher, The Lotus Sutra, Siddham, and Moji-Mandala.

By The Nichiren Mandala Study Workshop / 02/06/2014 / 0 Comments

Japanese mandalas are typically graphic visualizations of scenes described in a particular Sūtra. The most known examples are probably the Kongōkai (Diamond) and Taizōkai (Womb) mandalas introduced in Japan by the monk Kūkai (空海 774~835) in the Heian period. The calligraphic mandala, known as Moji-Mandala, conceived by the monk Nichiren (日蓮 1222~1282), equally describes a…

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Restoring a 100+ year old Unpei fude (maki fude) brush

By Rona Conti / 11/03/2013 / 0 Comments

Unpei fude is also known as kami maki fude (紙巻筆, かみまきふで), or, maki fude, literally meaning “(paper) wrapped brush”, and the construction of maki fude

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Ascension, acrylic ink on paper, 32 inches H x 15 inches W, 2010

A Sunday Drive with Saburo Hasegawa, an Asian American Pioneer of Abstract Calligraphy

By Mel Strawn / 21/02/2013 / 0 Comments

I had promised to print a lithograph for Saburo and had told him – “anytime, the stone is prepared”. I had my own press and several lithographic stones on which

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Words Become Art All Around The World

By Beyond Calligraphy / 05/11/2012 / 0 Comments

Calligraphy can be considered a formative art that uses writing as its medium. While typical writing is used as a set of signs designed to replace spoken words

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Wizards of Ink: 王羲之 (Wang Xizhi, 303 – 361), Part IV

By Ponte Ryūrui / 18/06/2012 / 0 Comments

A total of 21 copies of Wang Xizhi works survived. All of them were created during the Tang dynasty by the order of Emperor Taizong of Tang

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Climbing the Moon Tree, Part 2.

By Ponte Ryūrui / 12/06/2012 / 1 Comment

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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Climbing the Moon Tree, Part 1

By Ponte Ryūrui / 05/06/2012 / 4 Comments

The name chosen by Konoe Iehiro was Hankeidou, which literally means “climbing the wisteria tree”. According to an old Chinese legend, a wisteria tree (桂) grew on the moon,

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