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Kanji: 上

By Ponte Ryūrui / 14/06/2012 /

the character 上 originally meant “the higher part (or place)”, and it was represented by two horizontal lines. In later stages its meaning was broadened to

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Climbing the Moon Tree, Part 2.

By Ponte Ryūrui / 12/06/2012 /

Continuing the story of the Hankeido (桂堂攀, はんけいどう, Hankeidō) workshop, the construction of maki fude (巻筆, まきふで) is most unusual. The first 3rd of the root of the tuft is wrapped and strengthened with a hand-made Japanese hemp paper, also known as washi (和紙, わし). Thus, the name maki (to wrap) fude (brush). Because of…

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Climbing the Moon Tree, Part 1

By Ponte Ryūrui / 05/06/2012 /

The name chosen by Konoe Iehiro was Hankeidou, which literally means “climbing the wisteria tree”. According to an old Chinese legend, a wisteria tree (桂) grew on the moon,

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桂堂 を攀じる、パート1

By Junichi Fujino / 05/06/2012 /

明治42年、十三世雲平は東京に攀 桂堂 を移し、松方正義(まつかたまさよし)翁、大倉喜八郎翁、書家の比田井天来・小琴ご夫婦、岡山高陰(おかやまたかかげ)などの諸先生方に筆のご用を賜る。

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Hairy Thugs

By Ponte Ryūrui / 29/05/2012 /

The Hairy Thugs gang was founded long ago, back in early 30’s. As you can see in the historical photo, the captured brothers Hai Sum Bai and Lo Sum Bai

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Kanji: 小

By Ponte Ryūrui / 24/05/2012 /

Xiao Xu Ben a revision of Shuowen Jiezi written by the Late Han dynasty scholar Xu Kai, supports the above mentioned definition of 小, by further explanation

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The Dying Trade of Yamato

By Ponte Ryūrui / 21/05/2012 /

It is my great hope that the trade of brush making will continue and thrive, and that this old and nearly forgotten tradition will find its followers in the future.

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Kanji: 出

By Ponte Ryūrui / 24/04/2012 /

The shape of the character 出 symbolises a step forward executed with vigour; each step starts from placing the heel on the ground. A strongly placed foot

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Skyrim in Calligraphy – The Legend of The Dragonborn in Ink and Paper.

By Ponte Ryūrui / 17/04/2012 /

While playing, I realised how closely Skyrim is related to calligraphy. It is a world of its own defined by Yin (陰, yīn) and Yang (陽, yang). The way in which

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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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