History[change | change source]
At first, Japanese didin't use Kanji. But after Buddhism was introduced into Japan, Japanese Calligraphy spread rapidly.
Emperors such as Shotokutaishi (聖徳太子) and Shoumu (聖武天皇) advanced hand-copied sutras. Also, Japanese envoys to Tang Dynasty China took Chinese culture back to Japan. This affected the way of Japanese Calligraphy.
Use[change | change source]
There are two systems of letters in Japan. They are Kana and Kanji characters (漢字).
In Japan, calligraphy was a way of writing, so it was closely related with people's life.