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What is Japanese calligraphy?


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2008-07-10 18:39:07
2008-07-10 18:39:07

literally, "beautiful writing"


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If you are thinking of Japanese style calligraphy, it is called shodo.

It's most likely Chinese Calligraphy, not Japanese. They would use it because Feng Shui comes from China.

The Japanese equivalent of the word calligraphy is 書道 (shodou).If you'd like to hear a native speaker's pronunciation, see the related links below.

Some Japanese art include bonsai, ikebana, calligraphy and origami.

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.


It is written top to bottom, right to left.

ロビー /ro bii/ is Japanese spelling of that name, in katakana (the syllabary to write foreign words).

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.

In Japanese calligraphy "kanji" is the symbol, Chinese calligraphy similarly has unique symbols. In China the Magpie is an avian symbol, whereas we westerners have our "Bluebird of Happiness"

Japanese. They used it for all types of calligraphy.

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 articulate brush strokes...whereas Chinese characters have more subtle brush stroke coordination

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, sietc. Japanese is ichi, ni, san, shi etc.

デラノ (romaji : derano) is Japanese for name : Delano

Yes you may, though in traditional Japanese calligraphy they are written with 'sumi,' or charcoal ink.

The Japanese word for 'cheese' is チーズ (chiizu) and was borrowed from English (thus the very similar pronunciation).

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.

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