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What is Calligraphy
Japanese calligraphy, shodou, is a highly developed art form using brush and black ink to write Japanese and Chinese characters. While similar to the decorative calligraphy of the West, shodou is more deeply rooted as a fine art form, in part because every character has meaning in and of itself and in part because of the great diversity of character shapes. Shodou is increasingly admired by Japanese and foreigners alike.
Shodou traces its origins to China, where the master calligrapher Wnag Xizhi is traditionally credited as the father of the art. It was introduced into Japan in the 8th century. The early Heian contemporaries Kuukai, Emperor Saga, and courtier Tachibana no Hayanari are respectfully referred to as the Sanpitsu or Three Great Brushes, and their calligraphy is considered representative of Chinese calligraphy's classic beauty. In the 10th and 11th centuries these three weree succeeded by the Sanseki (the Three Traces): Ono no Toufuu, Fujiwara no Sukemasa, and Fujiwara no Yukinari. These three masters developed the first uniquely Japanese calligraphy style, known as wayou (also joudaiyou). Fujiwara no Yukinari's style led to the formation of the Sesonji school and Ono no Toufuu served as a model for the Shouren'in school which later evolved into the Oie style of calligraphy. The Oie style was used for official documents in the Edo period and was the predominant style taught in the terakoya schoools of that period.
There are three basic styles: kaisho, gyousho, and sousho. Kana might be added as a fourth style. Kaisho, a block style with little movement, is also called shinsho. Gyousho is an intermediate style neither as stiff as kaisho nor as flowing as sousho. Sousho is a highly cursive style written with swift strokes. Its freedom and aesthetic appeal has made sousho very popular with calligraphy masters.
(partially quoted from JAPAN AS IT IS)
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