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Gyokuzuki

Gyokuzuki (玉案, ぎょくづき, i.e. “jade table”)

One of the eight basic strokes of standard script, that are known as eiji happō (永字八法, えいじ はっぽう, i.e. “The Eight Principles of The Character 永 (えい, i.e. “eternity”)”. Gyokuzuki is also known as 勒 (ろく, roku), ”a halter”. The phrase “jade table” is a reference to the smooth and even surface of the top of the stroke. It’s a slightly ascending vertical stroke with an evident beginning and end, where the movement of the brush is compared to the abrupt pull of the halter’s lead to stop the horse.

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