Shodo - The Art of Japanese Calligraphy

Japanese calligraphy is over 3000 years old. It is the art of writing beautiful characters using the strokes of a fude (brush), to bring words to life.

First we had to learn how to write the character and the order of its strokes. Our characters had to look balanced on the paper. The straight lines had to

be strong and clear while the curved lines had to look as if they were gently moving on the paper... The thicker strokes had to be balanced by the thinner

strokes... hmmm ... we had to concentrate quite hard!

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Nihon - Japan

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Heiwa - Peace

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Ki - Tree;

Mori - Forest

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ichi, ni, san - one, two, three

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How to hold your brush

Sharon-san demonstrated how to use our brushes and ink to make our strokes. We discovered why characters are written in a certain order -

to stop us smudging our ink! Each week we are learning a few more characters.... and we must practise, practise, practise....

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