Do Japanese do calligraphy as well as Chinese?
Calligraphers do calligraphy as well as their ability allows. So yes, some Japanese calligraphers can do it even more beautifully than some Chinese ones, and vice-versa.
Chinese calligraphy is prettier, and most of the words in Japanese are from Chinese. Chinese people are smart, they created a wonderful language. love Chinese! ^OMG... Both cultures use the same calligraphy to some extent. The Japanese use a form of calligraphy that's called kanji, or hanja in Korean that uses the same characters as in China...however if you want to get technical they do have their own characters that are more free flowing and…
No, kanji isn't Japanese calligraphy. Kanji is adapted from Chinese characters, and they generally mean the same thing in both languages, but what they're called changes. For example, the Japanese usually use kanji for their numbers, meaning they are the same as in Chinese but whereas Chinese is yi, er, san, si etc. Japanese is ichi, ni, san, shi etc.
Japanese calligraphy is based off of Chinese calligraphy and shares many of the same characters and means. In calligraphy paintings, both focus heavily on landscapes; however, the Japanese style is more graphic, and uses black outlines and has animated/personified qualities to its clouds and water. Chinese calligraphic painting is much more calm and realistic. Overall, they both use similar paintbrushes, physical postures, rice paper, many of the same characters, and the same type of inks.
Tadachika Takada has written: 'Rikutai Senjimon' -- subject(s): Calligraphy, Chinese, Chinese Calligraphy, Chinese Primers, Primers, Chinese 'Gakko happan' -- subject(s): Chinese Inscriptions, Chinese language, Etymology, Inscriptions, Chinese 'Kanji shokai' -- subject(s): Etymology, Japanese language, Chinese language
Qingzheng Wang has written: 'Zhongguo tao ci qian bi bei tie yan jiu' -- subject(s): Art, Chinese, Calligraphy, Chinese, Chinese Art, Chinese Calligraphy, Chinese Coins, Chinese Porcelain, Chinese Pottery, Coins, Chinese, Porcelain, Chinese, Pottery, Chinese 'Qian bi xue yu bei tie wen xian xue' -- subject(s): Calligraphy, Chinese, Chinese Calligraphy, Chinese Coins, Chinese Numismatics, Coins, Chinese, History, Numismatics, Chinese
A calligraphy brush looks simple, but once the Chinese brush or Japanese brush starts to move its tip, its expression reaches beyond the limits of the paper. The calligraphy brush goes up, goes down, it bends; with more pressure it spreads, with less it regains its shape, and for each movement the calligrapher has to have the calligraphy brush under control and be able to return to a straightened brush tip.
Calligraphy is a system of aesthetic Chinese writing expressed through a variety of brush movements and compositions of dots and strokes. Largely unintelligible to Westerns, calligraphy is regarded by many Chinese and Japanese as "the supreme art form" higher than painting and sculpture and more able to express lofty thoughts and feelings than words.
No, it is not common to write with brushes/paintbrushes. Japanese calligraphy, an art, is practiced with brushes. Much Chinese and Japanese calligraphy is highly prized and often found on display. Today most of the writing is done using pens, but the original work was done with a brush, and the directions and pressure affected the writing, creating differences to what is often seen today.