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The Simple Art of Japanese Calligraphy



By: Yoko Takenami(Author) Kakko Tsuruka(Author)

Language: English

Genre: Art, Architecture & Photography

Publisher: Sterling (15 Sept. 2004)

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The original title of the book: The Simple Art of Japanese Calligraphy

From China in the 6th century AD by Buddhist monks, the tools and techniques of Eastern calligraphy were imported into Japan. Shodo or calligraphy is venerated in both China and Japan as the highest form of beauty. Japanese calligraphy has its own style; simple, elegant, and gentle. Kanji, Chinese characters developed from pictograms some 6,000 years old, are used withKana, a simplified and "Japanized" form of Kanji. The 18th and 19th centuries saw the golden age of Japanese calligraphy, as Zen practitioners intertwined their meditative philosophy with the calligraphy characters. True Japanese calligraphy, is an aid to self-development and meditation on the universe. Simple to create, these ancient symbols embody centuries of Zen wisdom with a few strokes of the brush. Starting with a history section that illuminates the thousands of years of calligraphy with inspiring examples, the core of the book is a clear step-by-step guide to creating calligraphy. The 15 projects, from greetings cards, to painting calligraphy motifs on river pebbles and silk hangings, represent authentic uses of calligraphy. The combination of simple strokes and meaningful characters that make up each of these unique projects means you will create artworks that will give you and your loved ones truly enduring results. A clear materials section shows you exactly what you need to start, while the comprehensive techniques chapter shows you how to hold the brush, create characters, and write pieces. Also included are over 100 popular Western first names, a series of greetings, sentiments, poems, haikus and Zen proverbs or Koans for use in the projects.

Includes 2 calligraphy brushes (kanji and kana), ink stick, authentic paper pad, book, and Harmony seal --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • By Mr Mike Smith on 26 April 2017

    A lovely book by a lovely lady, although I don't find the art of Calligraphy particularly simple.Its probably just me being hopeless with a paintbrush.The book is well set out, with exercises to gain brush control and has plenty of projects to doas well as Hiragana,Katakana alphabets and some Kanji to practice.It is a beautiful Art and very rewarding when you turn out something that looks right.Something of a rare experience for me.

  • By F. Noda on 8 January 2006

    This is an excellent book that brings life oriental cultures to western audiences by introducing not only the aesthetics but also practical applications of calligraphy. The book contains information and spirits that Japanese would want to communicate to the world in a persuasive way. Undoubtedly, there are many aspects of Japanese cultures that are under explained, partly because Japan has been closed to the world for a long time and its culture well preserved from the rest of the world. But this means there are not many Japanese who have enough international skills to fully explain what their culture and tradition are all about. In my opinion, the author has done a fantastic job doing just that explaining Japanese calligraphy together with its historical background as well as rich and deep cultural elements in a plain yet comprehensive language. In addition, it shows various applications for westerners who would want to try calligraphy. The profile of the author indicates she knows the ins and outs of Japanese culture and also well versed in western culture from her international experience which probably contributed to her writing and illustrating of such masterpiece. As a businessperson who sits between both oriental and western world, I can honestly say this book bridges the two worlds with full authenticity. Overall, the book is enlightening, entertaining, and artistic in its own right. The book is also good for value, and is surprising to come with a large sized hard cover full of wonderful pictures and illustrations - it itself can be a good interior to put on the bookshelf, even before mastering the skills and projects in the book!!

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