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Edo moji (江戸文字, えど もじ)

During the Edo period (江戸時代, えどじだい, 1603 - 1868), a peculiar style of writing characters came to life, called edo moji (江戸文字, lit. “characters from the Edo period”). They were mainly used for design purposes, writing names of sumo wrestlers, store banners, etc. Today, calligraphers consider them more of a craft (in this understanding they are closer to western calligraphy) than an art (similarly to as it is with Chinese 女書 (Chinese: Nǔ shū, lit. “woman writing”) script), having little to nothing in common with the traditional way of writing Chinese characters. Please refer to the history of Japanese calligraphy section here, for more detailed information.

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