平仮名 (ひらがな, hiragana): ね (i.e. “ne”)

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The modern form of ね comes from the cursive form of the kanji 奴 (やっこ, yakko, i.e. “servant (especially samurai’s attendant)”). Follow the progression of the different scripts shown in Figures 1 to 3 to understand its origin.Figure 1. Standard script (楷書, かいしょ, kaisho) of the kanji 奴. Calligraphy by 品天龍涙 (ぽんてりゅうるい, Ponte Ryūrui), ink on paper.Figure 2. Semi-cursive script (行書, ぎょうしょ, gyōsho) of the kanji 奴. Calligraphy by 品天龍涙 (ぽんてりゅうるい, Ponte Ryūrui), ink on paper.Figure … [Read more...]

平仮名 (ひらがな, hiragana): に (i.e. “ni”)

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The modern form of に comes from the cursive form of the kanji 仁 (に, ni, i.e. “benevolence”, “compassion”, etc.). Follow the progression of the different scripts shown in Figures 1 to 3 to understand its origin.Figure 1. Standard script (楷書, かいしょ, kaisho) of the kanji 仁. Calligraphy by 品天龍涙 (ぽんてりゅうるい, Ponte Ryūrui), ink on paper.Figure 2. Semi-cursive script (行書, ぎょうしょ, gyōsho) of the kanji 仁. Calligraphy by 品天龍涙 (ぽんてりゅうるい, Ponte Ryūrui), ink on paper.Figure 3. Cursive … [Read more...]

平仮名 (ひらがな, hiragana): な (i.e. “na”)

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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 Figures 1 to 3 to understand its origin.Figure 1. Standard script (楷書, かいしょ, kaisho) of the kanji 奈. Calligraphy by 品天龍涙 (ぽんてりゅうるい, Ponte Ryūrui), ink on paper.Figure 2. Semi-cursive script (行書, ぎょうしょ, gyōsho) of the kanji 奈. Calligraphy by 品天龍涙 (ぽんてりゅうるい, Ponte Ryūrui), ink on paper.Figure 3. Cursive script (草書, そうしょ, … [Read more...]