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Calligraphy – The Way of Writing

Japanese calligraphy, the way of writing (Shodo), is strongly rooted in Japanese tradition and, like the tea ceremony and martial arts (Budo), one...

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Calligraphy – The Way of Writing

Japanese calligraphy, the way of writing (Shodo), is strongly rooted in Japanese tradition and, like the tea ceremony and martial arts (Budo), one of the disciplines associated with Zen Buddhism. Practicing calligraphy is a way of training and expressing the attributes of concentration and perfection. In his movements, a shodo master follows strict guidelines and never deviates from the prescribed ritual. Each motion of the hand has a particular significance, and each stroke of the brush has a purpose.

Japanese calligraphy developed from Chinese characters in the 6th century. In the beginning, writing was an activity engaged in only by monks, who recorded Buddhist teachings. Later this knowledge spread to the nobility, and various styles were developed for different occasions. Calligraphy is a traditional art form still practiced and appreciated in Japan today. Calligraphy is widely used as decoration and can be found everywhere, in public buildings and private homes.

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