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Rinsho – the magical ink time machine. Part II

By Ponte Ryūrui / 29/12/2011 /

Before writing rinsho, I always try to obtain the printout of the entire work (both in colour [if available] and ink rubbing [拓本, たくほん, takuhon]). Naturally, sometimes it

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The Sun of Vast Skies – a calligraphy seal. Part I

By Ponte Ryūrui / 26/12/2011 /

Seal placement and the quality of the seal impression, so called “seal shadow” (印影, いんえい, in-ei), are crucial and require focus and good sense of

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Rinsho – The Magical Ink Time Machine. Part I

By Ponte Ryūrui / 19/12/2011 /

Completely immersed in studying rinsho. It is a great sensation, like entering a deep surreal dream or a plane in another dimension, far from this world and

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

By Ponte Ryūrui / 14/12/2011 /

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 /

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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Wizards of ink: 王羲之 (Wáng Xīzhī, 303 – 361). Part II

By Ponte Ryūrui / 06/12/2011 /

Wáng Xīzhī, like many calligraphers, was absent minded, and when completely immersed in his studies, he tended to forget himself. One day, he left his

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Wizards of ink: 王羲之 (Wáng Xīzhī, 303 – 361), Part I.

By Ponte Ryūrui / 01/12/2011 /

In Western terms, Wáng Xīzhī is to Chinese calligraphy as Michelangelo is to sculpture or Shakespeare to literature. Although none of his original work

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Kanji: 月

By Ponte Ryūrui / 31/10/2011 /

月 belongs to the 象形文字 (しょうけいもじ, shōkeimoji, i.e. set of characters of pictographic origin). It is a pictograph of a crescent moon.

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Kanji: 空

By Ponte Ryūrui / 22/10/2011 /

空 belongs to the 形声文字 (けいせいもじ, keiseimoji, i.e. phono-semantic compound characters). This is by far the largest group of Chinese characters, encompassing

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Hanging scroll – the ancient tradition (Part II)

By Ponte Ryūrui / 20/10/2011 /

In this article on hanging scrolls I would like to explain one of the correct ways of signing the protective box that comes with the scroll.

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