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Kaoru Akagawa

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Is it Bad to be Too Decorative ?

By Kaoru Akagawa / 28/03/2015 / 0 Comments

The famous German architect Bruno Taut, who influenced modern architects such as Le Corbusier, fled from the Nazis and lived in Japan from 1933-36. During his stay in Japan, he wrote many comments about various elements of Japanese architecture, but he was especially fascinated by the Katsura Imperial Villa in Kyoto; a palace which was…

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How are Kana Shodo Culture, the opera “ Madame Butterfly ”, and Japanese Aesthetics related?

By Kaoru Akagawa / 27/02/2014 / 0 Comments

The opera “ Madame Butterfly ” was written by the Italian composer Puccini in 1904, based on the short story written by John Luther Long in 1898.

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The Art of Japanese Calligraphy

By Rona Conti / 25/09/2013 / 2 Comments

What is the art of Japanese calligraphy at its essence? Descriptions abound, but to see, to feel, to view through the lens of a Madrid photographer and filmmaker captivated by the process is to enter fully into the experience. Music accompaniment with only a few words for identification makes for a ten minute view from…

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How Selling Calligraphy Can Get You to Your Heart's Desire

By Dave Gosine / 19/09/2013 / 2 Comments

Like most artists we have to pay for life’s running cost, so we have a full-time or part-time job. Not saying a day job is bad, but wouldn’t you be happier creating Calligraphy, sumi-e or anything else you love and get paid to do it? Hopefully these tips will provide you with some ideas on…

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Why the World Would End without Stroke Orders

By Kaoru Akagawa / 01/08/2013 / 0 Comments

“Help me. I am having an argument with my Japanese teacher.” A friend of mine named Jochen who just started to take Japanese lessons wrote to me one day shivering in a rage. He was practicing Hiragana, or Japanese characters, when his teacher told him that he must learn the correct stroke order. But he…

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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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In the Beginning was the Word

By Rona Conti / 25/01/2013 / 2 Comments

Through her spoken words in Japanese and subtitles in English along with exquisite visuals, she grinds sumi ink and begins to calligraphy while explaining her

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