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Kanji: 十

By Ponte Ryūrui / 12/04/2012 /

the shape of 十 was based on the concept of a vertically oblong tool used for calculations (Figures 1 and 2). Please also refer to the etymology of the

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Kanji: 手

By Ponte Ryūrui / 08/04/2012 /

Although the modern form of the character 手 may be somewhat misleading (6 fingers), the “hand” radical 扌 still resembles the ancient pictographs. One must remember

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A Few Words about the Process for Studying Calligraphy in Japan

By Ponte Ryūrui / 19/03/2012 /

All Japan Calligraphy and Literature Association has only 3 dan’s (whereas some other organisations have as many as 9). The fewer dans, the more work and skill it

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Logic Behind The Magic – Brush Techniques, Part III (b)

By Ponte Ryūrui / 15/03/2012 /

Characteristic of small seal script, note the circular movement of the brush tip at the beginning of each stroke, indicating the application of the “hidden spear”

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Kanji: 車

By Ponte Ryūrui / 12/03/2012 /

we find a definition of 車, stating that it is a cart equipped with a seat(s) (human pulled carriage or sedan chair on wheels). Xu shen also indicates that

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figure 1 kanji etymology shichi 221x300 221x300 - Kanji: 七

Kanji: 七

By Ponte Ryūrui / 08/03/2012 /

the symbolic meaning of the character 七, describing it as one of the sacred numbers (聖数, pinyin: shèngshù), which are further split into two groups

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Logic Behind The Magic – Brush Techniques, Part III (a).

By Ponte Ryūrui / 28/02/2012 /

the way in which the brush is controlled by the arm, wrist and finger, allowing the calligrapher to write a desired line.

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Shifty Characters

By Ponte Ryūrui / 23/02/2012 /

A given character written in each calligraphy script may have (and usually does) different forms and stroke order, though the stroke order is less rigid in

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Logic Behind The Magic – Brush Techniques, Part II (b).

By Ponte Ryūrui / 16/02/2012 /

単包法 (たんほうほう, tanhō hō), where the ring finger and the small finger are adjacent to the inner side of the palm, and the brush is held with the three remaining

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Kanji: 字

By Ponte Ryūrui / 09/02/2012 /

字 is composed of two characters, 子 (し, shi, “child”) and 宀 (べん, ben, i.e. “roof” radical, found in Chinese characters). 宀 in the character 字 symbolizes a

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