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Hanging scroll – the ancient tradition (Part 1)

By Ponte Ryūrui / 01/08/2011 /

The hanging scroll is an art of its own, although it does not exist without the calligraphy work. It is said that the beauty of calligraphy depends on the

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History of Japanese Calligraphy

By Beyond Calligraphy / 05/03/2010 /

The history of Japanese calligraphy begins with importing the Chinese writing system, namely kanji (漢字, which in Japanese means “characters of Han China”), in the early 5th century C.E., although Chinese characters were first appearing in Japan on various items brought from China starting with the beginning of the 1st century C.E. At that point,…

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History of Chinese Calligraphy

By Beyond Calligraphy / 05/03/2010 /

The origin of Chinese writing is debatable and scientists cannot settle down agreeing to a concrete point in time. We could however confidently state that it has all begun at the very moment when a human being decided to put his thoughts down in a form of symbolic drawing or abstract design, linked to an…

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What is Calligraphy

By Beyond Calligraphy / 05/03/2010 /

The commonly-known word “calligraphy” has Greek etymology, and it derives from κάλλος kallos “beauty” + γραφή graphẽ “writing”. However, in a way, this is a very unfortunate translation in regards to calligraphy based on the Chinese writing system (on this site, also referred to as kanji, 漢字 – i.e characters from China’s Han dynasty). The…

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