Kana

Empowerment of Women in Medieval Times and Kana Shodo

By Kaoru Akagawa / 17/09/2019 /

From BBC’s announcement to raise its female presenters’ salaries significantly to the ECB and European Commision’s nominations of Christine Lagarde and Ursula von der Leyen respectively for their first female presidents, second half of 2019 started with good news for women. However, in Japan, the empowerment of women is still facing barriers. Japan is far…

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What is Kana Ryoshi?

By Sakiko Yanagisawa / 10/02/2016 /

Have you ever seen the Genji Monogatari in the form of an 絵巻物 emaki-mono, an Illustrated Handscroll of the Tale of Genji based upon the famous novel by Murasaki Shikibu at a museum or reproduced in a book? I’m sure you were surprised to see the beautiful and delicate paper of the Genji Monogatari illustrated…

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The Beauty of Inefficiency: A story about Traditional Hiragana

By Kaoru Akagawa / 22/03/2013 /

My grandmother is one of the last generations to use the old Hiragana in daily life. By contrast, my Father, who was born in

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Words Become Art All Around The World

By Beyond Calligraphy / 05/11/2012 /

Calligraphy can be considered a formative art that uses writing as its medium. While typical writing is used as a set of signs designed to replace spoken words

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Inspiration and Kana(Interview with Master Usuki )

By Dave Gosine / 19/10/2012 /

Master Usuki participates actively mainly in Kansai area, and also is an administration officer of Yomiuri Calligraphy Exibhition (読売書法展理事), 日展入選, councilor

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Kanji: 人

By Ponte Ryūrui / 11/07/2012 /

Shu shen (許慎, pinyin: Xǔ Shèn, ca. 58 C.E. – ca. 147 C.E.), the meaning of the character 人 was associated with the virtues of Heaven and Earth (i.e. the universe).

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Symphony of Ink, Part II

By Ponte Ryūrui / 25/06/2012 /

The work itself is mesmerizing, a brilliant ink application. The dry strokes, so called “kasure” (掠れ, かすれ) in Japanese, ought to add dynamism yet sometimes

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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: 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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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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