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Moving spirit (行気, ぎょうき, gyōki).

Energy distribution, or energy flow, is one of the most important features of calligraphy. In Japanese it is called gyōki (行気, ぎょうき, lit. “moving spirit”). It is defined by vigour, power, flexibility, knowledge, certainty and emotion. If one of these elements is missing, the characters look dead, pale, frozen and passionless. Gyōki can relate to one character, a line of characters or the whole work. Calligraphy with perfect gyōki is like water; it flows undisturbed and engulfs any obstacle. It’s supple yet powerful, pure in nature and reaches the deepest corners of the viewer’s soul, nourishing it with its life-giving magic.

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