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Do (努, ど)

Mini2:d4_calligrapher_studio.jpg"Doujou (道場): | Fragment of the calligrapher's studio in a Japanese style room. Hanging scroll: Flying Dragon (飛龍, ひりゅう, hiryū), calligraphy by Ponte Ryuurui (品天龍涙), cursive script (草書, そうしょ, sōsho)."

One of eight main strokes of standard script (楷書, かいしょ, kaisho), more precisely the vertical stroke in the theory of “eight principles of the character永 (i.e. “eternity”), also known as永字八法 (えいじはっぽう, eiji happō). 努means “to exert”, although the lower part of this character (力, ちから, chikara, i.e. “power”) was once written as “a bow” (弓, ゆみ, yumi). From that was derived an image of a loaded stone shooting crossbow; 石弓 (いし ゆみ, ishi yumi). 努 stroke ends with an immediate halt at the end, imitating a crossbow mechanism lock. The left hand side of the vertical stroke in the character 永 ought to be gently curved inwards, while the right hand side stays straight. Skillful operation of the brush pressure against the paper is essential here. This vertical stroke is also known as 鉄柱 (てっちゅう, tetchū) – “iron pole”, from its solid and rigid appearance. Vertical strokes have few variants. One of them is the “hanging needle” (懸針, けんしん, kenshin), being possibly the most difficult stroke in standard script. Please click here to read more about kaisho.

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