Chinese Calligraphy

The Tale of Nushu

By Ponte Ryūrui / 07/02/2012 /

Nushu characters are not of a semantic nature. They have phonetic relevance to the local Chengguan dialect (城關土話, pinyin: Chéngguān tǔhuà), which is why

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Illiterate heart – reflections on self.

By Ponte Ryūrui / 03/02/2012 /

in his brilliant writing that crosses the boundaries of several centuries, crushing norms, opposing the canons of the mighty Tang and reaching straight to our heart.

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Logic Behind The Magic – Brush Principles, Part I.

By Ponte Ryūrui / 31/01/2012 /

In this series of articles I will focus on the methods of using a calligraphy brush (筆法, ひっぽう, hippō, lit. “principles of the brush”), defining the basic

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Kanji: 四

By Ponte Ryūrui / 25/01/2012 /

However, the modern shape of the character 四 has no ancient forms. The oldest form of this character is found on two of the ten stones of the Sekkobun . The

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Mighty Dragon Soars, Gracious Phoenix Dances – a few words on Wayou Shodou (和様書道).

By Ponte Ryūrui / 23/01/2012 /

tradition led to the development of what is referred to as wayou shodou. The pioneers of this style were the famous Sanpitsu (三筆, さんぴつ, i.e. “three

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

By Ponte Ryūrui / 16/01/2012 /

As Wang Xizhi wrote in his Preface, the weather on that day was gorgeous, with mild wind and sunny skies.

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

By Ponte Ryūrui / 09/01/2012 /

The art of seal pressing is a vital part of both calligraphy and ink-painting. Without knowledge of how and what kind of seal to press, one can never be

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40th Anniversary Exhibition of All Japan Calligraphy Art and Literature Association, Part I.

By Ponte Ryūrui / 08/01/2012 /

All Japan Calligraphy Art and Literature Association (全日本書芸文化院, ぜんにほんしょげいぶんかいん, Zen Nihon Shogei Bunkain) was formed 61 years ago by Masters of the

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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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