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Chinwan hō (枕腕法, ちんわん ほう、lit. “pillow arm technique”)

One of the methods of holding a calligraphy brush, where the right arm (腕) that holds the brush (or more precisely the wrist) rests on the left palm laid down on the table (hence - 枕, which means “a pillow”). This technique is used mostly for writing small scale characters, or by beginners. Three other main brush holding techniques are kenwan hō (懸腕法、けんわん ほう, i.e. “suspended arm technique”), teiwan hō (提腕法, ていわん ほう, i.e. “bucket arm technique”), and possibly the most rigid of them all: kaiwan hō (廻腕法, かいわん ほう, i.e. “round arm technique”).

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