The Japanese use two systems of writing: kanji, characters borrowed from Chinese that are ideograms, and kana, characters that are purely phonetic and that are written in two syllabaries. This book invites the reader to try the subtle and fascinating discipline of Japanese calligraphy.
Discover the history and the ways to use the four treasures of calligraphy (the brush, ink, ink stone and paper) as well as the seals and other tools. Learn to draw the characters, words and poems with thick and slender brushes in kana and a mix of kana and kanji. Try cursive writing, considered the soul of Japanese calligraphy. A gallery of exceptional works of art signed by masters and well known artists will allow the reader to judge the richness, sophistication and creativity of an art that remains valid today.
This is more than an introduction to calligraphy - it shows the reader a practice that unites the quest for spirituality with the need for beauty
1st edition, 2nd reprint 2008, Pb, 80pp, well illustrated with many colour photographs, 21.4 x 26.5 cm