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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

Visited a Japanese calligraphy exhibition “Contemporary SHO—See, Know and Feel Today’s Calligraphy” (from November 18, 2018 to January 6, 2019) held at Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum. It is important to look at the work of other calligraphers for my future creation.   About the exhibition This exhibition was comprised of six exiting Japanese male calligraphers. It didn't have a consistent theme though the exhibition, but it was interesting to look at their variations showing each calligrapher's character and manner of works. I was

I'd like to introduce a Japanese calligraphy exhibition "The 40th Tokyo Shosaku-ten" in Tokyo Metropolitan Art Muesum. "Sho" means Japanese calligraphy and "saku" means "creation". Two of my works are displayed. This exhibition is a competition style and exhibitors created their works under some rules (e.g. paper size and genre of characters). It is held from 26 November to 2 December. The entrance fee is 500 JPY.

Thank you for visiting the website "Brush Stroke"! In this website, I'd like to introduce basic information of Japanese calligraphy and a variety of works both classics and contemporary creations.