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Happun rei (八分隷, はっぷんれい, lit. “eight parts slave (script)”)

The mature form of the clerical script, happun rei (八分隷) takes its name from the shape of Chinese character 八 (はち, hachi, in Japanese, meaning “eight”). Gradually, characters became more balanced and lines were written in softer and more orderly fashion, eventually arriving at a symmetrically divided character structure with its right and left side, sloping s in the lines of the kanji 八. Very characteristic for happun rei are “silkworm head” and “goose tail” (蠶頭雁尾, さんとう がんお, santō gan-o). Happun rei was the basis for developing the prototype of modern cursive script during the Han dynasty (漢朝, 206 B.C.- 220 C.E.).

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