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平仮名 (ひらがな, hiragana): い (i.e. "i")

By Ponte Ryūrui / 14/07/2011 / 0 Comments

The modern form of い comes from the cursive form of the kanji 以 (い, i, i.e. “by means of”, “because of”, etc.). Follow the different scripts shown in

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平仮名 (ひらがな, hiragana): あ (i.e. "a").

By Ponte Ryūrui / 12/07/2011 / 0 Comments

The modern form of the hiragana character あ comes from the cursive form of the kanji 安 (あん, an, i.e. “relaxed”, “cheap”, or “peaceful”).

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Oracle bone script (甲骨文, こうこしゅぶん, koukotsubun)

Kanji: 王

By Ponte Ryūrui / 10/07/2011 / 0 Comments

The seal script form of the character 玉 (たま, tama, “sphere”, also a “jewel”), initially was mostly identical to 王 in form. The only difference was

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Figure 1. 金文 (きんぶん, kinbun, i.e. “text on metal”) form of the character員

Kanji: 円

By Ponte Ryūrui / 06/07/2011 / 0 Comments

The traditional form of 円 is 圓, whose most ancient form is 員. The other form of 員 was surrounded by

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Kanji: 雨

By Ponte Ryūrui / 30/06/2011 / 0 Comments

Kanji 雨 consist of three compounds that all add to its pictographic nature. The top part 一 represents the heavens (天,てん, ten), the 冂 (けい, kei) represents

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

Kanji: 右

By Ponte Ryūrui / 26/06/2011 / 4 Comments

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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Kanji: 一

By Ponte Ryūrui / 22/06/2011 / 4 Comments

一 belongs to the 指事文字 (shiji moji, i.e. characters expressing simple abstract concept) group of characters. One theory says that the shape of kanji 一 is based on the 算木 (sangi), which were divination rods (small wooden sticks of a similar shape to matches, but longer and thicker). Sangi were

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How to understand Far Eastern Calligraphy? (Part One)

By Ponte Ryūrui / 14/06/2011 / 7 Comments

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 / 0 Comments

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

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What is Beyond Calligraphy

By Dave Gosine / 01/01/2011 / 0 Comments

Beyond Calligraphy is a artistic project aiming at introducing Chinese and Japanese calligraphy to anyone willing to learn more about this fascinating art. This blog is devoted to presenting current calligraphic events In the Far East (presently, with main focus on Japan), as well as various presentations lavishly decorated with pictures or videos, that reveal…

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