Daruma Pilgrims Gallery


Calligraphy , shodoo 書道 Shodo
The Way of the Brush

Child prodigy Minamoto no Shigeyuki executing calligraphy

Torii Kiyonaga (1752–1815)


East Asian calligraphy

Asian calligraphy typically uses ink brushes to write Chinese characters (called Hanzi in Chinese, Hanja in Korean, Kanji in Japanese, and Hán Tu in Vietnamese). Calligraphy (in Chinese, Shufa 書法, in Korean, Seoye 書藝, in Japanese Shodō 書道, all meaning "the way of writing") is considered an important art in East Asia and the most refined form of East Asian painting.
© Read more in the WIKIPEDIA


77 Dances: Japanese Calligraphy by Poets, Monks, and Scholars, 1568-1868
Stephen Addis

- source - Shambhala Publications


Dragon Horse Temple 龍馬山
. Yoshitsune Temple Gikeiji at Minmaya

「義経寺」(ぎけいじ) 三厩村 .

. Dragon Calligraphy .


Tanchu Terayama and Zen Calligraphy: Hitsuzendo

"Dragon" Calligraphy by Yamaoka Tesshu

Scrolls with Daruma, many with calligraphy

Inkstone, 翡翠硯(すずり) suzuri with Daruma face !

Literally "The Way of Writing" - - -
All about Calligraphy by Mark Schumacher !

History of Japanese ink painting
source : www.ink-treasures.com


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Four Treasures of the Study 文房四宝
Four Jewels of the Study or Four Friends of the Study
is an expression used to denote the brush, ink, paper and ink stone used in Chinese and other East Asian calligraphic traditions. The name appears to originate in the time of the Southern and Northern Dynasties (420-589 AD).
- Brush, Ink, Paper, Inkstone
- - - More in the WIKIPEDIA !

. Doing Business in Edo - 江戸の商売 .

hitsuboku uri 筆墨売り selling brushes and ink
two of the four treasures


Artists involved in beyondcalligraphy.com project are members of the All Japan Organization of Calligraphy Art and Literature (全日本書芸文化院, Zen Nihon Shogei Bunkain) which has a long tradition and utmost respect here in Japan.

We are also members of Shosoin (書宗院), a calligraphy organization devoted to the study and research of Chinese and Japanese calligraphy, founded by grand master calligrapher Kuwahara Suihou (桑原翠邦) who was the most talented pupil of grand master Hidai Tenrai (比田井天来), often called “the father of modern calligraphy”. Grand master Hidai Tenrai was an initiator of avant-garde calligraphy in Japan, a trend that has had great influence not only on Chinese artists and calligraphers but also modern abstract painters, sculptors, etc., all over the world.
source : www.beyond-calligraphy.com


"Frog and calligrapher"
Tsukioka (Taiso) Yoshitoshi

Ono no Tōfū (894-966) Ono no Doofu, Ono no Dofu, Ono no Tofu

Ono no Michikaze or Ono no Tōfū 小野 道風
(894 – February 9, 966) was a prominent Shodōka (Japanese calligrapher) who lived in the Heian period (794–1185).
One of the so-called Sanseki 三跡 (Three Brush Traces), along with Fujiwara no Sukemasa and Fujiwara no Yukinari. Tōfū is considered the founder of Japanese style calligraphy or wayōshodō 和様書道.
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Ono no Takamura (小野 篁) also known as
Sangi no Takamura 参議篁, Sangi no Takamura
(802 – February 3, 853)
Ono no Michikaze and Ono no Komachi are Takamura's direct descendants.
. Shrine Onoterusaki jinja 小野照崎神社 .

Ono-zumi ya tenarau hito no hai zeseri

this charcoal from Ono -
a student of calligraphy
scribbles in the ashes

The famous calligrapher Ono no Toofuu 小野東風 / 小野道風 (894 - 967) is said to have practised writing characters in the ashes of a brazier.

. Matsuo Basho and Charcoal from Ono .


. Calligraphy from China .
Ouyang Xun 歐陽詢
and Japanese Kinoshita Mariko 木下真理子


............... H A I K U

KIGO for the New Year

First Calligraphy, kakizome 書初め
..... kissho 吉書 "auspicious writing"
On January 2, people take the brush for the first time in the New Year. The ink is ground with fresh first water (wakamizu) from the well. The words written include a wish for the New Year or some auspicious poems.
The writing is hung at the Shelf of the Gods (kamidana), to make the deities aware of your wish.
Others burn the paper outside and judge from the hight of the smoke and paper pieces if the Gods accept your offering and your writing will improve in the coming year.

. fude hajime 筆始(ふではじめ)first use of the brush   
..... shihitsu 試筆(しひつ), shigoo 試毫(しごう)
shikan 試簡(しかん), shimen 試免(しめん)
shiei 試穎(しえい), shiko 試觚(しこ)
shishun 試春(ししゅん)"first calligraphy in spring"

. Kitano no fudehajime sai 北野の筆始祭
first use of the brush ceremony at Kitano .

Kitano Tenmangu in Kyoto 北野天満宮 京都

hatsu suzuri 初硯(はつすずり)first use of the ink stone

taking the brush
365 days
first calligraphy

Gabi Greve



writing a spell, gihoo o kaku 儀方を書く (ぎほうをかく)
..... gihoo o shosu 儀方を書す(ぎほうをしょす)
observance kigo for mid-summer

In ancient China it was custom on May 5 to write the two characters GIHO 儀方 on a piece of paper and paste this onto the four main pillars of the home to ward off mosquitoes and flies during the summer time. In Japan, this tradition was followed for some time too.

. Mosquitoes and kigo


First Birthday Calligraphy in India
haiku topic for India

We have calligraphy in every Indian language - an art that was practiced most widely, until the computer fonts came into being! The most preferred is the Sanskritised letters in English - English lettering which resembles the Sanskrit script.
On a child's first birthday - his/ her hand is guided by the Hindu priest who writes the first letters of the alphabets of the child mother tongue, on rice [with the husk] placed on a plate.

Kala Ramesh

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© Hindu Wisdom, Indian Art


- - - - - LINKS to online dictionaries




http://www.buddhism-dict.net/ddb/ - (sign in with user name = guest)

http://www.aisf.or.jp/~jaanus/ - JAANUS


(search classical Japanese texts)
(Online Japanese Dictionaries and Glossaries)


筆墨硯紙事典 - 天来書院





Gabi Greve - Darumapedia said...

Kasugai shi 春日井市 Kasugai town

Kasugai City Tofu Memorial Museum - Ono no Tōfū 小野道風 (894-966)
kasugai . . .

Gabi Greve said...

- Book -
Heart of the Brush: The Splendor of East Asian Calligraphy
by Kazuaki Tanahashi

Its history, techniques, aesthetics, and philosophy—with an in-depth practical guide to understanding and drawing 150 characters

A guide to the history and enjoyment of Chinese and Japanese calligraphy that offers the possibility of appreciating it in a hands-on way—with step-by-step instructions for brushing 150 classic characters.

This book is a comprehensive and accessible introduction to the history and art of calligraphy as it's been practiced for centuries in China, Japan, and elsewhere in Asia. It works as a guide for the beginner hoping to develop an appreciation for Asian calligraphy, for the person who wants to give calligraphy-creation a try, as well as for the expert or afficionado who just wants to browse through and exult in lovely examples. It covers the history and development of the art, then the author invites the reader to give it a try.

The heart of the book, called "Master Samples and Study," presents 150 characters--from "action" to "zen"--each in a two-page spread. On each verso page the character is presented in three different styles, each one chosen for its beauty and identified by artist when possible. The character's meaning, pronunciation (in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Vietnamese), etymology, the pictograph from which it evolved, and other notes of interest are included. At the bottom of the page the stroke order is shown: the sequence of brush movements, numbered in their traditional order. On each facing recto page is Kaz's own interpretation of the character, full page.
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