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Suzuri arai (硯洗い, すずりあらい, i.e. “inkstone washing”)

In Japan, once a year on July 7th, during the Festival of the Weaver there is a tradition, or perhaps it is more of a ritual, called suzuri arai (硯洗い, すずりあらい, lit. “washing the inkstone”). On that day kids at school rinse their inkstones, brushes and even desks with clean water wishing for scholastic blessings. It perfectly illustrates the importance and symbolism, as well as the sacred nature of calligraphy in the everyday life of the Orient.

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