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Rinsho (臨書, りんしょ)

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 bread and butter of any calligrapher serious about developing his skill, and at the same time a traditional way of studying, ever since the beginning of the art of calligraphy. Rinsho is to be practiced every day, or as often as possible, for the entire life, and it is the only way of truly understanding the essence and spirit of the calligraphy. Rinsho has nothing to do with creating an exact copy of someone else’s work; quite the contrary. The main focus while studying rinsho is to preserve the vigour and the style of a given masterpiece. If practiced diligently it naturally leads to developing one’s personal style (書風, しょふう, shofū), that reflects the calligraphers character. Please also refer to the article here, in which rinsho is discussed in greater details.

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Master Kajita Esshuu (梶田越舟先生, かじたえっしゅうせんせい, Kajita Esshū sensei, 1938 – present) is writing rinsho (臨書, りんしょ, i.e. copying [studying] masterpieces) of four characters from one of the works by Qing dynasty (清朝, 1644 – 1912 C.E.) calligrapher and a seal script (篆書, てんしょ, tensho) scholar Wu Dacheng (呉大澂, Wú Dàchéng, 1835 – 1902 C.E.).

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