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Japanese Caligraphy

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Shayna Glazer

on 15 January 2014

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Japanese Calligraphy
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Badger Hair Calligraphy Brush
The badger hair brush is used for larger strokes. It is usually 15" to 17" long and 2" wide.
The Ebony Brush
The ebony brush is used for everyday writing. It makes beautiful even strokes.
Lou Han Bamboo Brush
This brush is used for large first strokes. It has a bamboo handle and goat hair for the bristles.
Materials in a Calligraphy set
There are hundreds of brushes to choose from when creating a calligraphy set. The most common one is the ebony brush. There is also the Lou Han Bamboo Brush and the Badger Hair Calligraphy Brush.
Use in daily life
Japanese calligraphy is used for poetry, art, books and teaching. Calligraphy is another word for "the art of writing beautifully."
Fun facts
. Japanese calligraphy is called Shodō
. Japanese calligraphy dates back more than 4,000 years.
. During the Twenty-eighth Century BC in China people inscribed religious pictographs onto bones.
. There are two types of calligraphy inks, hard and liquid.
. The hard ink is made of Pine Soot, deer horn glue, and perfume.
. Cow hides and fish bones also make up the hard glue.
Japanese calligraphy first started in the 28th century B.C. in China. The prime minister of that time saw the need for a written legal system. Li Si designed a system of block letters and soon after the Japanese devised their own letters very similarly.
Japanese Calligraphy
There are three basic writing styles. The first is Kaisho. The second is Gyousho. Lastly, the third is Sousho. Overall, there are actually five types, the other two are tensho and reisho.
The different writing styles
Kaisho literally means "correct writing".
Each stroke is made in an attempt to be perfect. When students are first learning calligraphy they are taught Kaisho first.
Gyousho is the semi - cursive form of Japanese writing. This form of writing is more messy, characters or letters are allowed to run into one another. Also, characters are less angular and more circular since they are written quicker.
Sousho is the cursive form of japanese calligraphy. Sousho means "grass writing". It was named Grass writing because of the constant referral that the strokes look like grass. Sousho is used in abstract writing and is not commonly used for regular writing.
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By: Shayna Glazer
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