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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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A Few Words about the Process for Studying Calligraphy in Japan

By Ponte Ryūrui / 19/03/2012 /

All Japan Calligraphy and Literature Association has only 3 dan’s (whereas some other organisations have as many as 9). The fewer dans, the more work and skill it

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Logic Behind The Magic – Brush Techniques, Part III (b)

By Ponte Ryūrui / 15/03/2012 /

Characteristic of small seal script, note the circular movement of the brush tip at the beginning of each stroke, indicating the application of the “hidden spear”

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Kanji: 車

By Ponte Ryūrui / 12/03/2012 /

we find a definition of 車, stating that it is a cart equipped with a seat(s) (human pulled carriage or sedan chair on wheels). Xu shen also indicates that

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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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Nine Sons of The Dragon King

By Ponte Ryūrui / 06/03/2012 /

the most renowned Asian dragon ink painting – The Nine Dragons Scroll (九龍圖卷, pinyin: Jiǔ long tú juǎn). Chen Rong was a scholar and also a low level official

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Logic Behind The Magic – Brush Techniques, Part III (a).

By Ponte Ryūrui / 28/02/2012 /

the way in which the brush is controlled by the arm, wrist and finger, allowing the calligrapher to write a desired line.

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Shifty Characters

By Ponte Ryūrui / 23/02/2012 /

A given character written in each calligraphy script may have (and usually does) different forms and stroke order, though the stroke order is less rigid in

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Magnificent Ink Giants

By Ponte Ryūrui / 21/02/2012 /

To give you some comparisons, it takes me approximately 12-15 hours to prepare 0.5 litres of ink, and I use an ink grinding machine that is capable of

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心弾めば、筆踊る: 書道 研究会にて

By Ponte Ryūrui / 18/02/2012 /

書道は、プライドや目標、競争心といったものなくても栄えるものである。書道は、世俗的なものを否定し、非現実的なものを賞賛することで上達する。自分のやってきたことが報われる時は、とても気分がいいものだ。ただし、[…]

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