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Visited Calligraphy Museum located in Taito-ku, Tokyo. The museum held a special exhibition "History of kanji" displaying a lot of inscriptions on various materials such as animal bones, stones and bronze wares since The 13 century B.C. in China. The museum is small and doesn't look like visually gorgeous much. But it has historically valuable collections and elaborate permanent display. I believe that is informative for serious calligraphy learners.   Calligraphy Museum, Tokyo http://www.taitocity.net/zaidan/english/shodou/index.html

I would like to introduce a Japanese calligraphy exhibition called "Dojin Shosaku-ten 2019" . It will be held at National Arts Center Tokyo (Roppongi) from 26 June to 7 July 2019. ("Dojin" means a group of people doing/studying calligraphy in a particular style of creation in this context. "Ten" means exhibition.) A variety of works crated by both emerging and professional calligraphers will be displayed. One of the highlights will be the size of displayed works such as 5-10m width. We

Japan's new imperial era "令和(Reiwa)" began on 1st May 2019 in Japan. This is a special thing for the Japanese and "元年" means the first year. Reiwa consists of two kanji characters of Rei 令 and Wa 和. As for the meaning, there are several English translation such as "order and harmony" and "auspicious and peace" according to some foreign media. Alongside the Western calendar, Japanese are familiar with the era name called gengo "元号" in daily life. This is used for

I gave some Japanese calligraphy lessons for school kids during winter break. It was fun and great to see their motivation.   What is Kakizome? There is a custom called "Kakizome (First Writing) " in Japan. This is one of the new year's traditional events and means the first calligraphy written at the beginning of a year. Anyone who wants to express one's hope or favorable words can try to do Kakizome with brush, ink and paper. Positive and lucky words are often