An Introduction to Japanese Kanji Calligraphy

An Introduction to Japanese Kanji Calligraphy

by Kunii Takezaki, Bob Godin


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An Introduction to Japanese Kanji Calligraphy by Kunii Takezaki, Bob Godin

This step-by-step Japanese calligraphy book explains the systems of Japanese language and delves into details of written Japanese characters and techniques of kanji calligraphy.

The word calligraphy literally means "beautiful writing." It is an art form that can be found in most civilizations with a written script. Originally developed to stress the importance of culture, religion and philosophy, over time calligraphy in most languages has developed into a purely artistic expression.

In Japanese culture, kanji characters from the Japanese writing system are used in calligraphy. An Introduction to Japanese Kanji Calligraphy is an exploration of this Asian art form and examines how calligraphic poetry developed in Japan. Written by a Japanese shodo master, it is a wonderful introduction to the beautiful art of Japanese calligraphy.

Japanese Kanji Calligraphy includes:

  • An introduction to Japanese calligraphy
  • Background information on the modern Japanese language
  • Hiragana and katakana charts
  • An explanation of the tools of calligraphy
  • A guide to correct calligraphy techniques
  • Step-by-step calligraphy instructions
  • An extensive kanji character library

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9784805309254
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
Publication date: 02/15/2008
Edition description: Bilingual
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 802,365
Product dimensions: 11.75(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Kunii Takezaki was born and raised in Okinawa, Japan. She has 8th-level instructor certification, the highest level of achievement recognized for a Japanese shodo master.

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