Included in Daily Life box, Visual Arts box
- Description: Calligraphy, or shodo in Japanese, was once a common way of writing in Japan, however few people currently write with brushes on a daily basis. Traditionally, one would rub ink sticks to produce ink, and use brushes to write kanji and kana on pieces of paper. The artistic qualities of calligraphy are still highly appreciated; contests and exhibitions are held to promote the artistic values elucidated through the calligraphy writing and/or art. Once the item is written, corrections are not made. The size and balance of the characters, the darkness or lightness of the ink, how easily the ink will run, and so on are examples of what calligraphers look for in art pieces. Calligraphy pieces are rendered in just two colors, black and white.
For more information, visit: http://www.jnto.go.jp/eng/indepth/cultural/hj/japanesecalligraphy.html
- About Calligraphy
- What is Shodo (Calligraphy)?
- Items Used for Calligraphy
- Posture and Implements for Writing Calligraphy
- Calligraphy as Art
- Virtual Shodo Lesson with Stroke Order
- Lesson Plans (All are in PDF format)
- Standard Reference
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