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figure 1 2 hiragana na horz 300x233 - 平仮名 (ひらがな, hiragana): な (i.e. “na”)

平仮名 (ひらがな, hiragana): な (i.e. “na”)

By Ponte Ryūrui / 28/10/2011 /

The modern form of な comes from the cursive form of the kanji 奈 (な, na, i.e. “Nara”, “what”). Follow the progression of the different scripts shown in

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figure 1 2 hiragana to horz 300x167 - 平仮名 (ひらがな, hiragana): と (i.e. “to”)

平仮名 (ひらがな, hiragana): と (i.e. “to”)

By Ponte Ryūrui / 24/10/2011 /

The modern form of と comes from the cursive form of the kanji 止 (し, shi, i.e. “stop”, “halt”). Follow the progression of the different scripts shown in

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figure 1 2 hiragana te horz 300x184 - 平仮名 (ひらがな, hiragana): て (i.e. “te”)

平仮名 (ひらがな, hiragana): て (i.e. “te”)

By Ponte Ryūrui / 12/10/2011 /

The modern form of て comes from the cursive form of the kanji 天 (てん, ten, i.e. “heaven”, also “deva”). Follow the progression of the different scripts shown

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figure 1 2 hiragana tsu horz 300x259 - 平仮名 (ひらがな, hiragana): つ (i.e. “tsu”)

平仮名 (ひらがな, hiragana): つ (i.e. “tsu”)

By Ponte Ryūrui / 10/10/2011 /

The modern form of つ comes from the cursive form of the kanji 川 (かわ, kawa, i.e. “river”). Follow the progression of the different scripts shown in

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figure  1 2 hiragana ta horz 300x204 - 平仮名 (ひらがな, hiragana): た (i.e. “ta”)

平仮名 (ひらがな, hiragana): た (i.e. “ta”)

By Ponte Ryūrui / 05/10/2011 /

The modern form of た comes from the cursive form of the kanji 太 (た, ta, i.e. “plump”, “thick”). Follow the progression of the different scripts shown in

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figure 4 konohana kai 1024x694 300x203 - The 82nd calligraphy exhibition of Konohana Kai (斯華会), Part 2.

The 82nd calligraphy exhibition of Konohana Kai (斯華会), Part 2.

By Ponte Ryūrui / 22/09/2011 /

It further emphasizes the gently cascading composition of this calligraphy, showing the skill of the calligrapher. Delicate ink accents suggest that it

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figure 1 konohana kai 1024x695 300x204 - The 82nd calligraphy exhibition of Konohana Kai (斯華会), Part 1.

The 82nd calligraphy exhibition of Konohana Kai (斯華会), Part 1.

By Ponte Ryūrui / 22/09/2011 /

The 斯華会 (このはなかい, Konohana Kai) calligraphy association was founded by Master Ono Gadō (小野 鵞堂, おのがどう, 1862 – 1922)110 years ago. 鵞堂 (lit. “Goose Temple”) was

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figure 5 mushin kai 1024x695 300x204 - 59回無心会書展 – 59th Calligraphy exhibition of Mushin Kai (Part 2).

59回無心会書展 – 59th Calligraphy exhibition of Mushin Kai (Part 2).

By Ponte Ryūrui / 20/09/2011 /

The style of this calligraphy brilliantly contrasts with its meaning: “to become silent and pray peacefully” (黙而祈寧), depicting complexity of the relation

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figure 1 mushin kai 300x243 300x243 - 59回無心会書展 – 59th Calligraphy exhibition of Mushin Kai (Part 1).

59回無心会書展 – 59th Calligraphy exhibition of Mushin Kai (Part 1).

By Ponte Ryūrui / 20/09/2011 /

I visited the 59th calligraphy exhibition of 書道研究 無心会 (しょどうけんきゅうむしんかい, shodō kenkyū mushin kai, i.e. Mushinkai Calligraphy Research Organisation). 無心会 is

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figure 11a master ishitobi hakko 1 1024x389 300x114 - The calligraphy exhibition of Master Ishitobi Hakkō (石飛博光), Tōkyō, July 2011, Part 3.

The calligraphy exhibition of Master Ishitobi Hakkō (石飛博光), Tōkyō, July 2011, Part 3.

By Ponte Ryūrui / 23/08/2011 /

Master Ishitobi Hakkō did not simply copy this masterpiece. He enhanced it with his own interpretation. It is not the exact copying skills that show

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