Japanese Calligraphy

What is that ?

Japanese Calligraphy or Shodo originated in China. It is steeped in tradition and emerged through Buddhism and Confucianism in the Yamato period (around 6 A.D.) via the Korean Peninsula. Japanese Calligraphy is still practiced today and has been maintained through contact with Chinese culture. Characters within the calligraphic spectrum were born through early practical use. These characters express an aesthetic that mirrors the progression of eastern culture. The central theme is “the beautification of character”, both on the page, and within oneself.

Is it difficult ?

Writing Japanese Hiragana, Katakana and Kanji (Chinese Characters) is very difficult, especially with a brush. It is easiest to learn the process step by step. This makes learning easier and improves the students ability to relax. It also  helps to reveal the intricacies and subtleties of Japanese language and culture. Calligraphy helps to develop concentration and peace for one’s mind. The majority of students are beginners. Once students are able to control the brush and ink comfortably higher levels of knowledge and culture can be experienced. Age range begins from 5 years old.

Why learning ? 

Because Calligraphy is more than writing. It is an art with refined and beautiful technique that requires carefully handling a brush. Each person’s work reflects their own self, their state of mind, their emotions, their mood, and also reveals their personality therefore practicing calligraphy will help anybody. Shodo or Calligraphy helps one to concentrate and be thorough in their work. This is especially true for children.