Japanese calligraphy

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An example of Japanese calligraphy

Japanese calligraphy (書道, shodō) is common art in Japan.[1]

History[change | change source]

Japanese Calligraphy started with introduction of Kanji from China.[2]

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.

References[change | change source]

  1. Japan-guide.com, "Japanese calligraphy"; retrieved 2012-6-19.
  2. Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2005). "Calligraphy" in Japan Encyclopedia, pp. 99-101.

Other websites[change | change source]

Media related to Japanese calligraphy at Wikimedia Commons