The Simple Art of Japanese Calligraphy

The Simple Art of Japanese Calligraphy



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The Simple Art of Japanese Calligraphy by Yoko Takenami, Kakko Tsuruka

Magnificent and plentiful images of finely wrought Japanese calligraphy teach the techniques and spiritual essence that underlie this ancient, elegant art.

In Japan, calligraphy is more than an art: it’s practically a religion, in which every stroke and every character should reflect the writer’s own spirit and personality. This lovely and illuminating introduction presents the wonders of Japanese calligraphy, and shows how to create the 3 basic sets of characters in use today: the Chinese kanji characters, which represent an entire word visually, and the 2 phonetic alphabets, hiagana and kakatana. Practical and detailed exercises demonstrate how to handle the brush; generously sized illustrations capture the characters’ every line and curve; and 15 beautiful paper, ceramic, and fabric projects provide dazzling examples of this uniquely Japanese craft. As your skills develop, decorate an Evening Fan with a short poem, draw a Four Seasons Hanging, make an Eternal Calendar with 12 sacred animals, adorn a lampshade, and many more exceptional items.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781402714399
Publisher: Sterling
Publication date: 09/01/2004
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 8.46(w) x 11.16(h) x 0.52(d)

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this book as a Christmas gift for my 12 year old daughter and she absolutely loves it. She was able to design wall hangings and write the names of everyone in the house within a few minutes of practice. If you, or someone you know, are interested in the art, this book is a wonderful starting place.