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Searching for a Soul Mate – choosing a calligraphy brush. Part II

By Ponte Ryūrui / 14/12/2011 / 4 Comments

As with everything in life, one’s first impression is crucial. You will spend hours working together with a brush that you choose, so make sure you enjoy its

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Searching for a Soul Mate – choosing a calligraphy brush. Part I

By Ponte Ryūrui / 09/12/2011 / 3 Comments

A calligraphy brush is not simply a tool used for writing. It is a warp gate to freedom of mind, a storyteller of artist soul’s secrets, a mysterious

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Selecting works for a calligraphy exhibition

By Ponte Ryūrui / 02/10/2011 / 2 Comments

Every calligraphy exhibition is an extremely important event, but the December’s exhibition is particularly significant. It is most likely the biggest

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What to do with ink leftovers?

By Ponte Ryūrui / 28/09/2011 / 2 Comments

One of the ingredients of calligraphy ink itself is animal-bone-extract based glue. The same glue is used for gluing ink pieces together. To accomplish this

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Preparations for a calligraphy exhibition

By Ponte Ryūrui / 12/09/2011 / 2 Comments

At times I am asked to submit works for calligraphy exhibitions in Japan. There are various events that take place here and there, and some of them are

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Hand-written Chinese characters vs. computer font.

By Ponte Ryūrui / 28/08/2011 / 2 Comments

Vast majority of young people in Japan has troubles with remembering how to reconstruct given Hand-written Chinese character from their memory, and

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Importance of the stroke order in writing Chinese characters.

By Ponte Ryūrui / 02/07/2011 / 2 Comments

Not many people would give it a thought, but the stroke order (i.e. the order in which you write the lines of each kanji) is more important than it may seem

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Figure 1 日 (hi, sun), oracle bone script, from c.a. 1600 B.C.

Far Eastern Calligraphy – is it written or drawn?

By Ponte Ryūrui / 24/06/2011 / 2 Comments

Chinese and Japanese calligraphy is created with a brush, on a white sheet of paper that could be seen as a canvas. In opposition to the Western calligraphy, Far Eastern calligraphy is not a craft, but an art.

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How to understand Far Eastern Calligraphy? (Part Two)

By Ponte Ryūrui / 18/06/2011 / 4 Comments

What all the calligraphy styles and schools set in various cultural realities have in common? How do we “read” the calligraphy? How do we relate to that black maze of undecipherable lines, and how can we hear what the ink is whispering to

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How to understand Far Eastern Calligraphy? (Part One)

By Ponte Ryūrui / 14/06/2011 / 7 Comments

Before we venture into the abyssal realm of Chinese and Japanese calligraphy, we need to ask ourselves a question: what does “calligraphy” really mean? Word “calligraphy” has Greek etymology, and it derives

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