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Is the Emperor of Japan mocking the West?

By Rona Conti / 24/07/2015 / 4 Comments

Is the Emperor of Japan mocking the West? When the Imperial family appears at events wearing formal Western wear, does this represent cultural appropriation? This question occurred to me while discussing the Kimono kerfuffle at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. A second question would be why the change in dress? Did any country and…

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A Kimono (Irouchikake) Scuffle at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts

By Rona Conti / 15/07/2015 / 0 Comments

If Claude Monet ever imagined that his 1876 painting “La Japonaise” (his wife Camille in a “Kimono”) would be called racist, he and his fellow painters influenced by Japanese art and culture would be flabbergasted. To make a small correction, the painter’s wife is dressed in an “irouchikake (打掛)”, a gorgeously embroidered and very heavy…

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Can you solve this Calligraphy?

By Dave Gosine / 05/09/2014 / 0 Comments

One of our reads asked for help in reading their scroll. The scroll is written on wood, measuring is 200L x 38.5cm. We have asked a few Calligraphy people in Japan, but still awaiting their answers. In the meantime, permission has been given for us to ask for the community in helping to solve this…

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Gallery Sarah hosts ' Calligraphy – The Art of the Letter ' Exhibition.

By Dave Gosine / 19/08/2014 / 0 Comments

Gallery Sarah in part of the bait Al Zubair Museum and it’s the first art gallery of its kind in Oman. From now until the end of August its hosting an exhibition by a group of calligraphers titled ‘Calligraphy – The Art of the Letter’. The exhibition brings together an eclectic mix of talented Arabic…

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New Year 2014 greetings from Beyond Calligraphy. Were you born in the Year of the Horse?

By Rona Conti / 31/01/2014 / 0 Comments

Chinese New Year 4712 begins January 31st. From East to West, in Japan, China and Asia and everywhere people of Chinese origin celebrate, the days are filled with rituals, shared food and conversation. For 15 days families unite and celebrate their culture in welcome. Those born in horse years are said to be talented and…

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What Calligraphy Teachers Never Told You About The Nitten

By Rona Conti / 04/11/2013 / 0 Comments

Is scandal possible in the world of Japanese calligraphy? The Nitten, the largest annual fine arts exhibition in Japan and currently attended by about 175,000 visitors, has admitted to rigging exhibition results for the screening of the 2009 section “seal engraving” within the calligraphy section of the exhibition for that year. Further research resulted in…

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The Insider's Guide to Arabic Calligraphy

By Kareem Ayoub / 24/10/2013 / 0 Comments

AraCal ( is a project aimed at the thorough preservation of Arabic calligraphy as it has evolved since its inception. Naturally, though, a project of this nature does not simply address literal changes in character strokes, proportions, and angles. Rather, AraCal is an exploration of these fluid scripts as they were handled, molded, and stretched…

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By Dave Gosine / 09/09/2013 / 1 Comment

What do Peanuts and Snoopy have to do with Japanese calligraphy? Quite a lot it seems. Best Friends Snoopy and Charlie Brown and the spirit of Charles Schulz and artist Yoshiteru Otani can all be found in one delightful exhibition. SNOOPY JAPANESQUE traveled from Ginza to the Hankyu Umeda head offices in Osaka and can…

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From Sumi-e to Facebook scams, the weeks wrap up of interesting links

By Dave Gosine / 07/06/2013 / 0 Comments

From Sumi-e to Facebook scams, the weeks wrap up of interesting links

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The gentle brush strokes of Urban Calligraphy

By Dave Gosine / 03/04/2013 / 0 Comments

Simon Silaidis urban calligraphy leads him through inner peace and serenity to the path of wisdom.

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