Semi Cursive Script

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Kanji: 口

By Ponte Ryūrui / 13/12/2011 /

the 口 radical in characters such as 古, 右, 可, 名, 各, 吾, 吉, etc., is in fact a pictograph of a ritual vessel or container and not a mouth.

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Searching for a Soul Mate – choosing a calligraphy brush. Part I

By Ponte Ryūrui / 09/12/2011 /

A calligraphy brush is not simply a tool used for writing. It is a warp gate to freedom of mind, a storyteller of artist soul’s secrets, a mysterious

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Wizards of ink: 王羲之 (Wáng Xīzhī, 303 – 361). Part II

By Ponte Ryūrui / 06/12/2011 /

Wáng Xīzhī, like many calligraphers, was absent minded, and when completely immersed in his studies, he tended to forget himself. One day, he left his

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Kanji: 五

By Ponte Ryūrui / 03/12/2011 /

五 belongs to the 仮借文字 (かしゃもじ, kashamoji, i.e. rebus (phonetic loan) characters; or in other words, characters that were borrowed phonetically to

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Wizards of ink: 王羲之 (Wáng Xīzhī, 303 – 361), Part I.

By Ponte Ryūrui / 01/12/2011 /

In Western terms, Wáng Xīzhī is to Chinese calligraphy as Michelangelo is to sculpture or Shakespeare to literature. Although none of his original work

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figure 1 inu 66x300 66x300 - Kanji: 犬

Kanji: 犬

By Ponte Ryūrui / 24/11/2011 /

犬 belongs to the 象形文字 (しょうけいもじ, shōkeimoji, i.e. set of characters of pictographic origin). It is a pictograph of a dog.

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figure 1 mi 300x189 300x189 - Kanji: 見

Kanji: 見

By Ponte Ryūrui / 19/11/2011 /

見 belongs to the 象形文字(しょうけいもじ, shōkeimoji i.e. set of characters of pictographic origin). It is a pictograph of a human with an exaggerated eye,

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平仮名 (ひらがな, hiragana): ね (i.e. “ne”)

By Ponte Ryūrui / 10/11/2011 /

The modern form of ね comes from the cursive form of the kanji 奴 (やっこ, yakko, i.e. “servant (especially samurai’s attendant)”). Follow the progression of the

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平仮名 (ひらがな, hiragana): に (i.e. “ni”)

By Ponte Ryūrui / 10/11/2011 /

The modern form of に comes from the cursive form of the kanji 仁 (に, ni, i.e. “benevolence”, “compassion”, etc.). Follow the progression of the different

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Kanji: 月

By Ponte Ryūrui / 31/10/2011 /

月 belongs to the 象形文字 (しょうけいもじ, shōkeimoji, i.e. set of characters of pictographic origin). It is a pictograph of a crescent moon.

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