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Japanese Calligraphy

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Hanging scroll – the ancient tradition (Part 1)

By Ponte Ryūrui / 01/08/2011 /

The hanging scroll is an art of its own, although it does not exist without the calligraphy work. It is said that the beauty of calligraphy depends on the

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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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Figure 1. 又 (right hand), oracle bone script (甲骨文).

Kanji: 右

By Ponte Ryūrui / 26/06/2011 /

右 belongs to the 会意文字 (かいいもじ, kaii moji, i.e. characters that are a combination of two or more pictographs, or characters which meaning was based on an abstract concept).

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Figure 1 日 (hi, sun), oracle bone script, from c.a. 1600 B.C.

Far Eastern Calligraphy – is it written or drawn?

By Ponte Ryūrui / 24/06/2011 /

Chinese and Japanese calligraphy is created with a brush, on a white sheet of paper that could be seen as a canvas. In opposition to the Western calligraphy, Far Eastern calligraphy is not a craft, but an art.

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How to understand Far Eastern Calligraphy? (Part Two)

By Ponte Ryūrui / 18/06/2011 /

What all the calligraphy styles and schools set in various cultural realities have in common? How do we “read” the calligraphy? How do we relate to that black maze of undecipherable lines, and how can we hear what the ink is whispering to

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How to understand Far Eastern Calligraphy? (Part One)

By Ponte Ryūrui / 14/06/2011 /

Before we venture into the abyssal realm of Chinese and Japanese calligraphy, we need to ask ourselves a question: what does “calligraphy” really mean? Word “calligraphy” has Greek etymology, and it derives

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Cloud in Cursive Script

By Ponte Ryūrui / 12/06/2011 /

It is a calligraphy of a character 雲, which means “a cloud” done in Cursive script

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Ginza, Tokyo - Seal Carving Exhibition - April 2011

Seal Carving Exhibition in Ginza, Tokyo, 2011. April.

By Ponte Ryūrui / 05/04/2011 /

This time we would like to invite you on a virtual tour to a seal carving exhibition that took place in Tokyo, in April 2011. Some 400 seal imprints were displayed, as well as around

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