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Shakyō (写経, しゃきょう, i.e. “copying Buddhist sutras”)

Shakyō in Japanese means “to copy Buddhist sutras”. The culture of shakyō marks the dawn of calligraphy in Japan, beginning in the early Asuka period (飛鳥時代, あすかじだい, 550 - 710 C.E.). One of the great admirers of Buddhist teachings was Prince Shōtoku (聖徳太子,, しょうとく たいし, 574 – 622 C.E.), who also promoted Buddhism by building several temples, including the famous Hōryūji (法隆寺, ほうりゅうじ, i.e. Hōryūji temple) complex, built in Nara (奈良県, ならけん) prefecture. He was the one who initiated shakyō, that further led to the development of calligraphy art in Japan. Shakyō is often performed on coloured paper (色紙, いろがみ, irogami), with coloured ink (色墨, しょくぼく, shokuboku). Please click here to read more about the history of Japanese calligraphy.

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