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Kanji: 子

By Ponte Ryūrui / 19/01/2012 /

子 is believed to be ruled by the water element (one of the four elements of nature that define the Chinese zodiac, and those are: 木 {pinyin: mù, i.e.

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When the Mind Soars, the Brush Dances: calligraphy research meetings

By Ponte Ryūrui / 14/01/2012 /

Those of us who choose the path of Sho (書, しょ, i.e. “to write”; here: “East Asian calligraphy”) study calligraphy all of their lives, not to become

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Kanji: 山

By Ponte Ryūrui / 11/01/2012 /

The sound and secondary meanings of the character 山 are strongly related to ancient Chinese myths. In “Explaining Simple (Characters) and

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Kanji: 三

By Ponte Ryūrui / 04/01/2012 /

三 is also closely related to the divinatory system of 64 hexagrams, introduced in the Book of Changes, also known as Five Classics (易経, pinyin: Yì jīng) whose

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Little Great Calligraphy – Part I

By Ponte Ryūrui / 22/12/2011 /

Small calligraphy requires true mastery of the brush to be powerful, for the lines to come alive and heat up the aura with searing flames of passion through

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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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Kanji: 口

By Ponte Ryūrui / 13/12/2011 /

the 口 radical in characters such as 古, 右, 可, 名, 各, 吾, 吉, etc., is in fact a pictograph of a ritual vessel or container and not a mouth.

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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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Kanji: 五

By Ponte Ryūrui / 03/12/2011 /

五 belongs to the 仮借文字 (かしゃもじ, kashamoji, i.e. rebus (phonetic loan) characters; or in other words, characters that were borrowed phonetically to

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