Calligraphy (shodo: "the way of writing") is the art of writing beautifully.

Last week each of us chose a word which we felt was special. Sharon-san has written them out in Japanese for us showing how to write the characters step-by-step.

Sharon-san explained to us that kanji characters can be pronounced in at least two different ways - on yomi (the Chinese way) and kun yomi (the Japanese way).

This is because kanji originally came from China, and the characters brought with them their Chinese pronunciation. But their meaning also has a native Japanese pronunciation. Tricky!


First we had to learn how to hold our "fude"...

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More about shodo here


Sometimes when you visit a temple in Japan, you see a calligrapher

carrying a bundle of old brushes.

This is part of a ceremony called Fude Kuyo that dates back hundreds

of years.

Japanese believe that there is a spirit in all things and the brush is

no exception.

A calligrapher never throws his brush away in a rubbish bin!

Worn-out brushes are taken to a temple where the spirit of the brush

thanked for its long service and in a ceremony the brush is placed

on top of an oven and burned. Sometime students bring pieces of

pencils to be burned as well.


On the left:

In the gardens surrounding Egara Tenjin Shrine in Kanagawa is a

huge stone monument of a calligraphy brush.

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Source:www.asahi-net.or.jp
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Click on the kanji characters below to discover how to write them. Numbers show which stroke follows which...

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Dragon - ryu

Happy - sachi

Friend - tomo

Life - inochi

Love - ai

Soul - tamashii

Some or our characters were in hiragana, some in katakana and some in kanji...

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Did we enjoy this session? - Hai!