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Hanging scroll – the ancient tradition (Part 1)

By Ponte Ryūrui / 01/08/2011 / 2 Comments

The hanging scroll is an art of its own, although it does not exist without the calligraphy work. It is said that the beauty of calligraphy depends on the

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Kanji: 下

By Ponte Ryūrui / 26/07/2011 / 0 Comments

下 belongs to the 指事文字 (しじもじ, shijimoji, i.e. set of characters expressing simple abstract concepts). The original idea expressed by the

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Kanji: 音

By Ponte Ryūrui / 18/07/2011 / 0 Comments

音 belongs to the 会意文字 (かいいもじ, kaii moji, i.e. set of characters that are a combination of two or more pictographs, or characters whose meaning was based on

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Oracle bone script (甲骨文, こうこしゅぶん, koukotsubun)

Kanji: 王

By Ponte Ryūrui / 10/07/2011 / 0 Comments

The seal script form of the character 玉 (たま, tama, “sphere”, also a “jewel”), initially was mostly identical to 王 in form. The only difference was

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Figure 1. 金文 (きんぶん, kinbun, i.e. “text on metal”) form of the character員

Kanji: 円

By Ponte Ryūrui / 06/07/2011 / 0 Comments

The traditional form of 円 is 圓, whose most ancient form is 員. The other form of 員 was surrounded by

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Importance of the stroke order in writing Chinese characters.

By Ponte Ryūrui / 02/07/2011 / 2 Comments

Not many people would give it a thought, but the stroke order (i.e. the order in which you write the lines of each kanji) is more important than it may seem

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Kanji: 雨

By Ponte Ryūrui / 30/06/2011 / 0 Comments

Kanji 雨 consist of three compounds that all add to its pictographic nature. The top part 一 represents the heavens (天,てん, ten), the 冂 (けい, kei) represents

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Figure 1. 又 (right hand), oracle bone script (甲骨文).

Kanji: 右

By Ponte Ryūrui / 26/06/2011 / 4 Comments

右 belongs to the 会意文字 (かいいもじ, kaii moji, i.e. characters that are a combination of two or more pictographs, or characters which meaning was based on an abstract concept).

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Kanji: 一

By Ponte Ryūrui / 22/06/2011 / 4 Comments

一 belongs to the 指事文字 (shiji moji, i.e. characters expressing simple abstract concept) group of characters. One theory says that the shape of kanji 一 is based on the 算木 (sangi), which were divination rods (small wooden sticks of a similar shape to matches, but longer and thicker). Sangi were

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