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Sho (書, to write) + dou (道, a path) in Japanese means “calligraphy”. Calligraphy then is understood as a “path of life through writing”, one’s life time devoted to...Continue Reading

In Japanese: koboku (古墨, こぼく), an ink stick used for calligraphy, that was manufactured during Qing dynasty (清朝, 1644 – 1912) and...Continue Reading

Period of some 2000 years, beginning as early as the Shang dynasty (商朝, 1600-1046 B.C.), lasting through the Zhou (周朝, 1046-256 B.C.) and...Continue Reading

Without a doubt, Anhui province is one of the most crucial areas in China, for the development of the calligraphic arts. It is located in ...Continue Reading

Anyang is a prefecture-level city in Henan province (河南省), located in eastern China, where in 1899, in a small village just...Continue Reading

The Asuka period is a remarkable time in the history of Japanese calligraphy, art in general, and also...Continue Reading

A modern trend in calligraphy initiated by Grand Master Hidai Tenrai (比田井 天来, ひだい てんらい, 1872 – 1939), who is...Continue Reading

Eight calligraphic scripts set by law as examination requirements for candidates applying for official governmental positions during late Han dynasty (後漢, 25 – 220). Rules were...Continue Reading

Narrow planks of bamboo or other wood, on which text was written with brush and ink. It was a popular way of...Continue Reading

An archeological site located in the Yellow River (黄河) valley, discovered in 1953. It is associated with...Continue Reading

Ready-made, chemically enhanced ink in a liquid form. It is often used by beginners and children, as well as artists who...Continue Reading

Honorific title often used to describe the great...Continue Reading

We can distinguish five core calligraphy scripts (which are also at times referred to as styles). These are...Continue Reading

According to legend, it is said that during that time a minister of the Cao Wei dynasty (曹魏, 220 -265 C.E.) named...Continue Reading

There are four main colours of traditional ink (made of soot):...Continue Reading

Changsha is the capital city of Hunan Province (湖南省) where the oldest intact...Continue Reading

Chengni inkstone from Shandong province (山東省) is one of the four most valued inkstones...Continue Reading

Also referred to as “Han (漢, from “Han” dynasty) character (字, character). Chinese characters are linguistically classified...Continue Reading

One of the methods of holding a calligraphy brush, where the right arm (腕) that holds the brush...Continue Reading

One of the most decorative and also difficult to decipher forms of great seal script (大篆, だいてん, daiten) from...Continue Reading

Chōwatai literally means “harmony of bodies (scripts)”. In Japanese calligraphy it is a mixture...Continue Reading

Also known as official script, it was a prevailing writing style during the Han dynasty (漢朝, 206 B.C. – 220 A.D.). Recent...Continue Reading

It is a type of Japanese coloured paper (色紙, いろがみ, irogami) used for calligraphy...Continue Reading

Non-black ink. There are many variations of ink stick colours for various purposes. For instance...Continue Reading

This is one of eight main strokes of standard script more precisely a vertical stroke following the...Continue Reading

One of five core styles of calligraphy, developed in ancient China. Cursive script originated during the...Continue Reading

The oldest script of the five major calligraphy scripts, which are:...Continue Reading

Zoomorphic carvings discovered In 1988 that were incised into rocky cliffs of Beishan Mountain in...Continue Reading

One of the theories of calligraphy; it was developed by the great calligraphy theoretician...Continue Reading

A dōjō is a place of training (mainly martial arts, but also can refer to calligraphy) or studying, also...Continue Reading

One of eight main strokes of standard script (楷書, かいしょ, kaisho), more precisely the...Continue Reading

Dragon bone was an ancient Chinese medicinal ingredient. Its use accidentally led to...Continue Reading

Duan inkstones come from Guandong province (広東省) in China. They are the best available. Duan inkstones are...Continue Reading

The second half of the Zhou dynasty, split further into The Spring and Autumn Period (春秋時代, 722 – 476 B.C.) and...Continue Reading

During the Edo period (江戸時代, えどじだい, 1603 - 1868), a peculiar style of writing characters came...Continue Reading

Also known as the Tokugawa period (徳川時代, とくがわ じだい, Tokugawa jidai), during which...Continue Reading

This calligraphic theory defines eight out of a total of 37 basic strokes of the standard script (楷書, かいしょ, kaisho). These are...Continue Reading

Enpitsu literally means “round brush”. It is one of the methods of operating a calligraphy brush, as well as...Continue Reading

The first encyclopedia, thesaurus, and also, dictionary of Chinese characters ever compiled, dated at...Continue Reading

It means “to practice / study calligraphy”. The phrase itself is a reference to...Continue Reading

Far Eastern Calligraphy is an art based on a logographic writing system (i.e. hanzi (漢字, Chinese: hàn zì) or...Continue Reading

Fei bai (or “kasuri (かすり)” in Japanese) is a very characteristic calligraphy style, whose creation...Continue Reading

Fudemaki is a bamboo mat used for storing or carrying brushes. The brush is...Continue Reading

Brush rest. A pad that comes in various shapes and is made of various materials, used for...Continue Reading

Gansu province (甘粛省) is located in the northwest of China. It is famous for...Continue Reading

The Tale of Genji (in Japanese: Genji Monogatari) is a classic work of...Continue Reading

Silver coloured ink, often used for copying sutras...Continue Reading

One of eight basic strokes in standard script (楷書, かいしょ, kaisho), that are also known as...Continue Reading

Name for a characteristic brush stroke technique used during writing a horizontal line in...Continue Reading

This is the incorrect name for the cursive script (草書, そうしょ, sōsho). One of the meanings of the...Continue Reading

Guangdong province is located on the southern coast of China. It is famous for...Continue Reading

A brush technique, used in reisho (隷書, れいしょ, i.e. “clerical script”). 逆入平出 stands for...Continue Reading

One of the eight basic strokes of standard script, that are known as eiji happō...Continue Reading

Gyōuki stands for the smooth and undisturbed energy (気) flow or its movement (行) within...Continue Reading

Gyōsho (also known as running style) was last of the five major styles to develop. It was a natural result of...Continue Reading

Brush makers put two or three hairs inside of the tuft as the longest hairs in the...Continue Reading

Hakubun is a seal imprint in intaglio, leaving white (白) text (文) imprints on the paper after pressing...Continue Reading

Intaglio seal. It produces a “hakubun” (白文, はくぶん, lit. “white text”; i.e. white characters on a red background). Shubun (朱文, しゅぶん, lit. “red text”) is the opposite...Continue Reading

During the Han dynasty, clerical script (隷書, れいしょ, reisho), which evolved from...Continue Reading

One of the methods (法) of holding a calligraphy brush, where the (entire) right arm (腕) that holds the...Continue Reading

Also referred to as 掛け物 (かけもの, kakemono, i.e. “hanging thing”). It is a calligraphy or ink-painting work, mounted on...Continue Reading

Hanko means “a seal” in Japanese. Seals are very popular in the Far East, and often are used instead...Continue Reading

Hansetsu is the name for a specific size of calligraphy paper, with dimensions of...Continue Reading

Hanshi is the name for a specific size of calligraphy paper, with dimensions of...Continue Reading

The Matured form of the clerical script, happun rei (八分隷) takes its name from the...Continue Reading

The internal part of the brush tuft that holds the ink, which is...Continue Reading

One of two forms of modern ink. Hardened ink is made of soot of various origins, animal glue and...Continue Reading

A Period in Japanese history, significant in the development of Japanese calligraphy. The Heian era is also often...Continue Reading

A non-standard kana (仮名, かな, syllabary). Hentaigana naturally evolved from manyōgana (万葉仮名, まんようがな, lit. “kana of ten thousand leaves”), which was nothing but...Continue Reading

A brush technique applied in some calligraphy styles, but mainly in seal script (篆書, てんしょ, tensho). Writing characters in...Continue Reading

Handle of the brush, usually made of bamboo, hence the tube or pipe reference. The handle of the...Continue Reading

One of the two Japanese syllabaries used commonly in modern Japanese (another one is katakana, 片仮名, かたかな). Hiragana evolved from...Continue Reading

One of the eight basic strokes of kaisho (楷書, かいしょ, standard script), as defined by the...Continue Reading

The earliest records of pre-kaisho (楷書, かいしょ, kaisho, i.e. “standard script”) in the form of bamboo books (木簡, もっかん, mokkan) from 170 B.C. were unearthed in 1972 in...Continue Reading

Each character of clerical script (隷書, reisho) usually consists of one horizontal line that has both elements: “silkworm head” and a...Continue Reading

Also referred to as an ideograph. (From the Greek word ἰδέα (idea) "idea" + γράφω (grafo) "to write". Ideogram is a symbol or...Continue Reading

Image of ink is nothing but avant-garde calligraphy (前衛書道, ぜねいしょどう, zenei shodō). The idea of avant-garde calligraphy deviates from...Continue Reading

An electric machine for grinding hardened ink. Traditionally ink sticks were meant to be ground by hand, which agrees with...Continue Reading

Ink painting is a traditional method of painting that originated in ancient China, and was developed during the Tang dynasty...Continue Reading

A copy of text engraved on a surface. It is created by applying paper to the surface of a...Continue Reading

One of the “four treasures of the study” (文房四宝, ぶんぼうしほう, bunbō shihō), which are:...Continue Reading

A symbolic part of the inkstone. The “shore” is the part of an inkstone that separates the “temple” (墨堂, ぼくどう, bokudō) from...Continue Reading

A symbolic part of the inkstone. The “temple” is the part of an inkstone where the ink is...Continue Reading

Attach: A symbolic part of the inkstone. The “well” (墨池) is the place where a ready-made ink is...Continue Reading

Weasel hair (鼬毛, いたちけ, itachike) brush (筆, ふで, fude) – one of the few types of brushes commonly used in...Continue Reading

The Jin dynasty was rife with political unrest and conflicts. For that reason the dominance of Confucianism gradually...Continue Reading

Until the discovery of josho in 1983 everyone was convinced that the Chinese writing system consisted exclusively...Continue Reading

One of the eight basic strokes of the standard script (楷書, かいしょ, kaisho), often referred to as...Continue Reading

One of the five core scripts of Chinese calligraphy. Chronologically, kaisho was the fourth one to...Continue Reading

One of the methods of holding a calligraphy brush, where the right arm (腕) is suspended in the air during...Continue Reading

A small cord loop, attached to the end of the brush shaft (筆管, ひっかん, hikkan). It is preferable to...Continue Reading

During the Kamakura period calligraphy is greatly influenced by Buddhist philosophy, and especially Zen Buddhism. The first school of...Continue Reading

Kami means paper in Japanese, though in this instance it is a reference to...Continue Reading

Kana may have two meanings. One of them is 仮名 (かな, kana) which means “a syllabary”, and it is a...Continue Reading

Kanji, in Japanese, means “Chinese characters”. The etymology of the name goes back to the...Continue Reading

Another term for makihon (巻き本, まきほん, i.e. “rolled book”). It is a piece of calligraphy...Continue Reading

One of two major trends in Japanese calligraphy. The other one is called...Continue Reading

Possibly the most remarkable masterpiece in semi-cursive style ever created. Lántíngjí Xù translates into...Continue Reading

Logographic writing systems include the oldest writing systems on Earth, of the first historical civilizations of...Continue Reading

A reference to two outstanding calligraphers of the Tang dynasty (唐朝, 618 - 907). One of them was...Continue Reading

There are two leading brush making methods, and maki fude is a result of the more...Continue Reading

Manyōgana was a pool of Chinese characters used to compensate for grammatical differences between...Continue Reading

One of three main types of Chinese calligraphy paper; the others are 宣紙 (Chinese: Xuān zhǐ) and...Continue Reading

There are three major groups of paper and they can be distinguished based on:...Continue Reading

This is so-called “cotton” paper, although none of its ingredients is cotton. One of three main types of...Continue Reading

Energy distribution, or energy flow, is one of the most important features of calligraphy. In Japanese it is called...Continue Reading

Literary, it means “nothingness in heart”, and it is a Zen Buddhism term. Mushin is a...Continue Reading

A narrow part of the brush tuft, formed by shorter inner hair and longer outer hair layers. It allows for...Continue Reading

An early stage of development of Japanese calligraphy. Starting with Asuka (飛鳥時代, あすかじだい, 538 - 710 C.E., please note that...Continue Reading

The Neolithic era is the last period of the Stone Age, starting around 9500 B.C., and ending with the...Continue Reading

A calligraphy theory book written by 蔡邕 (Cài Yōng, 133 - 192 C.E.), a skilled calligrapher, talented musician, painter, astronomer and...Continue Reading

One of the Japanese styles of calligraphy. Until the Edo period (江戸時代, えどじだい, 1603-1868) both schools;...Continue Reading

Soot particles of the oil lampblack are of a...Continue Reading+'

Another name for Japanese kana (かな) script. Originally, kana (and more precisely hiragana) was used mainly by...Continue Reading

Large sized brush. Oofude is scaled between brush sizes...Continue Reading

A traditional Japanese folding book, with writing paper glued onto a harder surface and folded down into...Continue Reading

Characters written by men. Originally, otokode was a reference to kanji (漢字, かんじ, i.e. “Chinese characters”), which once were the...Continue Reading

The seventh of eight fundamental strokes of kaisho (楷書, かいしょ, standard script), which are...Continue Reading

Pictographic or logographic characters, symbols or images, carved into rocks by means of a...Continue Reading

Also known as pictograms. A symbol or a character that conveys a meaning through pictorial resemblance to a...Continue Reading

One of two main types of hardened ink (固形墨,こけいぼく, kokei boku). The other one is...Continue Reading

Upon the request of the Emperor 秦始皇 (Qín Shǐhuáng, 259 – 210 B.C., lit. “the first Qin (dynasty) emperor”), who introduced...Continue Reading

The Qing dynasty could be considered the dawn of modern Chinese calligraphy. The famous words of the...Continue Reading

A nomadic clan that destroyed the Western Zhou dynasty (東周, 1046 - 771 B.C.) in 771 B.C., which resulted in three...Continue Reading

Streaks of the white surface of the paper piercing through black strokes. Kasure adds a lot of...Continue Reading

A part of the brush tuft. “Shoulders” support “the stomach” (腹, はら, hara), which is a space formed by...Continue Reading

One of two modern syllabaries (the other one is hiragana, 平仮名, ひらがな), which together with...Continue Reading

A new brush, (with the exception of sabaki fude (さばき筆)), has its hairs glued together in the form of a...Continue Reading

One of four qualities according to which a brush should be chosen. The remaining three are:...Continue Reading

Together with kinbun (金文, きんぶん, i.e. “text on metal”) oracle bone and tortoise shell script (亀甲獣骨文字, きっこうじゅうこつもじ) is the...Continue Reading

Golden ink. It is used mainly during Chinese New Year, for writing on...Continue Reading

Brushes come in different sizes. The main categorization is numerical from 1 to 10. A number 1 brush has a...Continue Reading

Modern cursive (or draft) script. Its initiator was the most renowned master of sōsho (草書, そうしょ, cursive script) of the...Continue Reading

One of the most important parts of the brush, located at the base of the tuft. The “loins” play a...Continue Reading

During the Golden Age of Chinese culture (Tang dynasty; 唐朝, 618 - 907), the calligrapher named...Continue Reading

The basic component of Chinese a character, usually bearing a semantic meaning. Today, there are...Continue Reading

One of the three calligraphy paper types. The other two are: semi-raw and matured. Raw paper is mostly made of...Continue Reading

Shuin is a seal carved in relief. It produces朱文 (しゅぶん, shubun, lit. “red text”; i.e. red characters on white background after seal pressing). Shubun is the opposite...Continue Reading

In Japanese, renmentai means an “unbroken line”. It is a reference to merging characters during writing either by physically connecting them with continuous brush strokes or...Continue Reading

Also known as 掠 (りゃく, ryaku, i.e. “to skim” or “to sweep”). One of the eight basic strokes of the...Continue Reading

Erroneous name given by the Western world to 宣紙 (Chinese: Xuān zhǐ, i.e. Xuan paper) calligraphy paper, which was invented around...Continue Reading

The first school of Zen Buddhism on Japanese soil. It was founded in the 12th century during the...Continue Reading

Rinsho literally means to “face a calligraphy (and copy it)”, or in other words to free-hand copy masterpieces and classics (古典, こてん, koten). It is the...Continue Reading

A new brush whose hairs are not glued in the form of...Continue Reading

Sadō literally means the way (道) of tea (茶), i.e. tea ceremony. Tea ceremony is very closely related...Continue Reading

Literally “three brushes”. Although there were more than one “sanpitsu” in the history of Japanese...Continue Reading

Literally “three traces”. A name used for three famous calligraphers (please also see 三筆, さんぴつ, sanpitsu, i.e. “three brushes”) of the later Heian period (平安時代, へいあんじだい, 794 - 1185). They were:...Continue Reading

The first seals were already being crafted during the Shang dynasty (商朝, 1600 - 1046 B.C.), and were carved in...Continue Reading

One of five core scripts of calligraphy (the others are: clerical script (隷書, れいしょ, reisho), cursive script (草書, そうしょ, sōsho), standard script (楷書, かいしょ, kaisho), and...Continue Reading

One of four virtues according to which brushes are to be chosen. The remaining three are:...Continue Reading

石鼓文 (Chinese: Shí gǔ wén) means “text on stone drums” (the name comes from the drum shaped-like stones they were carved...Continue Reading

Traditional shrines for burning unwanted calligraphy paper with Chinese characters...Continue Reading

One of the three calligraphy paper types. The other two are: raw and mature. Semi-mature (or semi-raw) paper is...Continue Reading

One of five core scripts of calligraphy (the others are:...Continue Reading

One of four virtues, according to which brush is to be chosen. The remaining three are:...Continue Reading

Shakyō in Japanese means “to copy Buddhist sutras”. The culture of shakyō marks the dawn of calligraphy in...Continue Reading

A province in China famous for Chengni inkstone (澄泥硯, Chinese: Chéng ní yàn), one of the four most famous inkstones...Continue Reading

One of the most significant periods not only in the history of Chinese calligraphy, but also...Continue Reading

One of the four most famous inkstones in China. The other three are:...Continue Reading

Shèng cǎo means “sage of cursive script”, and it’s the title given to the legendary Zhang Zhi (張芝, Zhāng Zhī, 2nd Century C.E.), the most renowned master of...Continue Reading

Ink type, either hardened (固形墨, こけいぼく, kokei boku) or liquid (墨汁, ぼくじゅう, bokujū), enhanced with a...Continue Reading

Shikishi literally means “coloured paper”. There are two main types of shikishi:...Continue Reading

A major Japanese esoteric Buddist school, with origins going back to the 3rd - 4th century C.E. The most famous shingon priest in Japan was...Continue Reading

One of the parts of the brush anatomy. Shiribone is located on the...Continue Reading

A special pad made of felt, used under the calligraphy paper during writing. There are plain colour shitajiki, as well as...Continue Reading

“Sho” in Japanese is a reference to “writing”, and it also can be understood as...Continue Reading

Sho (書, “to write”) + dō (道, “a path”) in Japanese means “calligraphy”. Calligraphy then is understood as a...Continue Reading

One’s personal style, which could be understood as handwriting. In Far Eastern calligraphy however...Continue Reading

The embryo of sōsho (草書, そうしょ, cursive script) is known in the calligraphy world as shōsō (章草), which literally means...Continue Reading

Small seal script (篆書, てんしょ, tensho, i.e. “seal script”). One of the two forms of seal script. Another one is...Continue Reading

Red ink used mainly by teachers for preparing tehon (手本, てほん, i.e. “examples for students to copy”) or for...Continue Reading

Imprint of the red (朱) text (文) left after pressing a seal in relief (朱印, しゅいん, shuin). Shubun is much “lighter” than...Continue Reading

Shū fà means “calligraphy” in Chinese, and more precisely rules or principles (法) of writing (書). Please also...Continue Reading

A calligraphy written with brush on a silk cloth instead of paper. Calligraphy on silk, similarly to that on...Continue Reading

The name of a characteristic brush stroke technique used during writing a horizontal line in...Continue Reading

One of five core scripts of calligraphy (the others are: seal script (篆書, てんしょ, tensho, further divided into...Continue Reading

Cursive form of manyōgana (万葉仮名, まんようがな, lit. “kana of ten thousand leaves”). Sōgana was a...Continue Reading

After the fall of Western Zhou (西周, 1046 - 771 B.C.) to a nomadic clan 犬戎 (Chinese: Quǎn Róng, lit. “Dog Rong”), China enters three hundred years of struggle of Eastern Zhou dynasty (東周, 770 - 256 B.C.) for supremacy over other feudal states (which is referred to...Continue Reading

A stone slab with engraved calligraphy on its surface. Due to the natural durability of stones, many important texts, such as...Continue Reading

During the Sui dynasty one of the most important calligraphy theories was developed, referred to as...Continue Reading

Literally a “drop of water”. Suiteki is a small container for storing fresh water used for grinding the ink stick on the...Continue Reading

In Japan, once a year on July 7th, during the Festival of the Weaver there is a tradition, or perhaps it is more...Continue Reading

A symbolic part of the inkstone, a border (lit. “inkstone” 硯, “section” 区) separating two worlds of...Continue Reading

There are a few syllabaries in the Japanese language; however, two of them are in common use nowadays. These are:...Continue Reading+'

One of the most significant periods in the history of Chinese calligraphy, often referred to as the...Continue Reading

One of the four most famous inkstones in China. The other three are:...Continue Reading

One of the eight basic strokes of kaisho (楷書, かいしょ, standard script), that is defined by the theory of calligraphy known as...Continue Reading

An example written by a teacher for the students to follow. It is normally written in...Continue Reading

One of the methods of holding a calligraphy brush, where the right arm (腕) that holds the brush...Continue Reading

Terakoya was a famous school in Japan, during the Edo period (江戸時代, えどじだい, 1603 - 1868). Until end of the 16th century both trends...Continue Reading

Towards the end of the Han dynasty (漢朝, 206 B.C. – 220 C.E.) and first years of The Three Kingdoms period (三國時代, 220-280 A.D.) calligraphy became a major form of...Continue Reading

Tokonoma, lit. “a gap in the floor / tatami”, is a special place in the Japanese style room (和室, わしつ, washitsu) designed for...Continue Reading

A brush made of various kinds of bird feathers. Mainly rooster feathers are used, although there are brushes made of...Continue Reading

The legendary father 王羲之 (Wáng Xīzhī, 303–361) and his son王獻之 (Wáng Xiànzhī, 344 – 386 C.E.) who both lived during...Continue Reading

The second half of Eastern Zhou (東周, 770 – 221 B.C.) dynasty. The Warring States period was a time of political unrest in ancient China (involving seven warring kingdoms), that ended with...Continue Reading

Japanese paper, used for calligraphy, but also for other purposes, such as in construction (障子, しょうじ, shōji, i.e. “paper sliding door”), origami (折り紙, おりがみ, i.e. “art of folding paper”), etc. ...Continue Reading

One of two major trends in Japanese calligraphy. The other one is called karayō shodō (唐様書道, からようしょどう, lit. “Tang (dynasty) style calligraphy”). Wayō shodō was a response to...Continue Reading

The first 200 years of the Zhou dynasty (周朝, 1046–256 B.C. ), during the Western Zhou, was the last period when...Continue Reading

One of the first materials that calligraphy was written on (aside from bones, turtle shells, and then stones and silk) was wood. Narrow planks of bamboo or other...Continue Reading

The Xia dynasty could be considered the dawn of the art of calligraphy. The origins of seal script (篆書, てんしょ, tensho), the...Continue Reading

The Xuan district of the Chinese city of宣城 (Chinese: Xuān Chéng), which already existed during the Tang dynasty (唐朝, 618 – 907), was where famous...Continue Reading

The most suitable paper for calligraphy and sumi-e (墨絵, すみえ, i.e “ink painting”) is Xuan paper, taking its name from a district of...Continue Reading

A city in China, that predated but continued to thrive through the Tang dynasty (唐朝, 618 – 907), where famous...Continue Reading

A brush made of hairs of the mountain rabbit. The hairs are fairly short but have fantastic flexibility and very strong hairs ends. They are suitable...Continue Reading

A symbolic force or element from ancient Chinese philosophy, the counterpart to Yin (陰, Chinese: yīn, i.e. “shadow”). Yang is a reference to the male world, whereas Yin,...Continue Reading

The late New Stone age culture of ancient China, discovered in 1921 by Swedish archeologist Johan Gunnar Anderson and his team, who unearthed decorated pottery near...Continue Reading

The second-longest river in China (after the Yangtze River, 長江). It flows through nine provinces of China and it is often referred to as...Continue Reading

A symbolic force or element from ancient Chinese philosophy, the complement of Yang (陽, sun). Yin is a reference to the...Continue Reading

The Chinese goat hair brush (and not a sheep brush like many sources erroneously suggest). These brushes are...Continue Reading

Full (size) paper. The name of a specific size of calligraphy paper, with dimensions 1350 x 700 mm...Continue Reading

The third historical dynasty of ancient China. Its entire span of 800 years can be further divided into two halves...Continue Reading

The “hidden spear”. A calligraphy brush technique dependent on delivering a smooth and round line (known in Japanese as enpitsu; (円筆), lit. “rounded brush”), achieved by...Continue Reading

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