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Kanji: 糸

By Ponte Ryūrui / 01/02/2012 /

To understand the reasoning behind this classification one needs to look at the old form of the character 糸, which is 絲. 絲 is a combination of two

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Logic Behind The Magic – Brush Principles, Part I.

By Ponte Ryūrui / 31/01/2012 /

In this series of articles I will focus on the methods of using a calligraphy brush (筆法, ひっぽう, hippō, lit. “principles of the brush”), defining the basic

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Kanji: 四

By Ponte Ryūrui / 25/01/2012 /

However, the modern shape of the character 四 has no ancient forms. The oldest form of this character is found on two of the ten stones of the Sekkobun . The

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Kanji: 子

By Ponte Ryūrui / 19/01/2012 /

子 is believed to be ruled by the water element (one of the four elements of nature that define the Chinese zodiac, and those are: 木 {pinyin: mù, i.e.

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Kanji: 山

By Ponte Ryūrui / 11/01/2012 /

The sound and secondary meanings of the character 山 are strongly related to ancient Chinese myths. In “Explaining Simple (Characters) and

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The Sun of Vast Skies – a calligraphy seal. Part II

By Ponte Ryūrui / 09/01/2012 /

The art of seal pressing is a vital part of both calligraphy and ink-painting. Without knowledge of how and what kind of seal to press, one can never be

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Kanji: 三

By Ponte Ryūrui / 04/01/2012 /

三 is also closely related to the divinatory system of 64 hexagrams, introduced in the Book of Changes, also known as Five Classics (易経, pinyin: Yì jīng) whose

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The Sun of Vast Skies – a calligraphy seal. Part I

By Ponte Ryūrui / 26/12/2011 /

Seal placement and the quality of the seal impression, so called “seal shadow” (印影, いんえい, in-ei), are crucial and require focus and good sense of

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Kanji: 校

By Ponte Ryūrui / 24/12/2011 /

校 consists of two main radicals, which are 木 (き, ki, i.e. “wood”) and 交 (こう, kō, i.e. “mingle”, “mixing”). 木 is a pictograph of a tree, whereas 交 is the

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Kanji: 左

By Ponte Ryūrui / 17/12/2011 /

To fully understand the meaning of the character 左, one should combine it with the one of the character 右 (みぎ, migi, i.e. “right”), on which a

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