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How to Design the Perfect Calligraphy Tattoo?

By Dave Gosine / 09/07/2015 / 0 Comments

Most people get ink (tattooed) to identify a specific time or event in their life or a significant aspect of themselves. This can be a simple symbol, words, or a detailed design based on something with meaning. For an English speaker, tattooing using English words isn’t that interesting or creative, so people look for different…

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What do Calligraphy, Handmade Paper and Rejection have in Common?

By Rona Conti / 05/06/2015 / 0 Comments

All artists need to become skilled in accepting the many ways of rejection, from form letters to “we had so many high quality applicants, unfortunately you were not selected etc.” Some offer encouragement which is appreciated. Whatever the reason for not being accepted into an exhibition or a gallery or when there is a likely…

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The Beauty of Inefficiency: A story about Traditional Hiragana

By Kaoru Akagawa / 22/03/2013 / 2 Comments

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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Inspire Others: Volume 2, Issue 1

By Dave Gosine / 30/01/2013 / 0 Comments

Welcome to Inspire Others. Since we are in the winter season, Lets try something other then one kanji “trees covers with ice” We hope that this word will

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Inspire Others: Volume 1, Issue 2

By Dave Gosine / 17/10/2012 / 0 Comments

Welcome to Inspire Others. As we continue the theme Autumn, the next inspirational word will be Chrysanthemum. Chrysanthemums through out Asian History have

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Inspire Others: Volume 1, Issue 1

By Dave Gosine / 25/09/2012 / 6 Comments

Welcome to Inspire Others. For the very first post we wish to begin simply. We have just entered the month of September which in Japan means time for the leaves to change colour.

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Kanji: 人

By Ponte Ryūrui / 11/07/2012 / 0 Comments

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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Kanji: 森

By Ponte Ryūrui / 20/06/2012 / 0 Comments

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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De l'importance de l'ordre des traits dans l'écriture des idéogrammes

By Olivier Delasalle / 16/06/2012 / 2 Comments

Peu de gens y prêtent attention, mais l’ordre des traits (c’est-à-dire l’ordre dans lequel on écrit les traits de chaque kanji) est plus important qu’il ne

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Kanji: 上

By Ponte Ryūrui / 14/06/2012 / 1 Comment

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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