Great Seal Script

figure 1 kanji etymology shin 172x300 172x300 - Kanji: 森

Kanji: 森

By Ponte Ryūrui / 20/06/2012 /

森 follows a concept of three pictographs of a tree (木, き, ki) combined in one character, and it emphasises thick tree growth, i.e. woods.

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Kanji: 十

By Ponte Ryūrui / 12/04/2012 /

the shape of 十 was based on the concept of a vertically oblong tool used for calculations (Figures 1 and 2). Please also refer to the etymology of the

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Kanji: 手

By Ponte Ryūrui / 08/04/2012 /

Although the modern form of the character 手 may be somewhat misleading (6 fingers), the “hand” radical 扌 still resembles the ancient pictographs. One must remember

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figure 1 kanji etymology shichi 221x300 221x300 - Kanji: 七

Kanji: 七

By Ponte Ryūrui / 08/03/2012 /

the symbolic meaning of the character 七, describing it as one of the sacred numbers (聖数, pinyin: shèngshù), which are further split into two groups

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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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Kanji: 左

By Ponte Ryūrui / 17/12/2011 /

To fully understand the meaning of the character 左, one should combine it with the one of the character 右 (みぎ, migi, i.e. “right”), on which a

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Importance of the stroke order in writing Chinese characters.

By Ponte Ryūrui / 02/07/2011 /

Not many people would give it a thought, but the stroke order (i.e. the order in which you write the lines of each kanji) is more important than it may seem

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Seal script – Great Seal script (大篆, daiten)

By Beyond Calligraphy / 05/03/2010 /

Great Seal script (大篆, daiten) in the broad sense of its definition includes oracle bone script (甲骨文, koukotsubun) and kinbun (金文, literally, “text on metal”, and more precisely bronze). Great seal script was further unified in 221 B.C. under the name of small seal script (小篆, shouten). Kinbun existed simultaneously with oracle bone script. In…

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Seal Script

By Beyond Calligraphy / 05/03/2010 /

The origins of seal script (篆書, tensho) reach deep into the history of China; all the way to the end of Xia dynasty (夏朝, 2070 B.C. – 1600 B.C.) – the first historically verified Chinese dynasty. Seal script is a term that is used for both great seal script (大篆, daiten) and small seal script…

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Calligraphy Styles

By Beyond Calligraphy / 05/03/2010 /

In Chinese calligraphy we can distinguish five core styles: Seal script (篆書, tensho, further divided into great seal andsmall seal scripts) Clerical script (隷書, reisho) Cursive script(草書, sousho) Regular script (楷書, kaisho) Semi-cursive script (行書, gyousho) These do not entirely define the borders of calligraphy, as there are none to it. Each of the scripts…

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