Brush Writing Calligraphy Techniques For Beginners

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Brush Writing - Calligraphy Techniques for Beginners

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For many, a deep and lasting interest in Japanese culture, its people and its language, begins with a fascination for beautifully drawn characters produced by a master calligrapher. Compared with the squarish, regular representation of Chinese characters reproduced in books, newspapers, and magazines by modern printing techniques, the appealing brush strokes of a handwritten Japanese scroll, letter, or menu is often considered a work of art. Brush Writing is dedicated to such enthusiasts of Japanese calligraphy who have searched for a basic and introductory guide in English to this traditional and challenging Eastern art.

Any student of Japanese will almost certainly find this book an invaluable aid to writing kanji, a subject that is rarely taught adequately in language textbooks. This book also provides fundamental clues to decipher handwritten Japanese. Through nearly fifty model characters, Brush Writing teaches the basic techniques of writing almost any kanji. For each character, the reader is shown the correct stroke order, major readings in romanized Japanese, and meanings in English. Advice on balance and other practical tips on writing kanji have also been included. This book also explains the secret of writing attractive hiragana, the key to ensure that handwritten Japanese is clearly legible and leaving the impression that it was penned by an mature Japanese hand.

But it does not end there. Brush Writing is more than a kanji guide for students of the Japanese language. After working through the systematic instructions carefully explained in this volume, anyone, with an appreciation of the beauty and art of quality brush work, should find little difficulty in creating fine calligraphy of their very own.

Included is a comprehensive, but brief introduction to the history of Chinese and Japanese characters. Explanation on how to use brushes, paper, and sumi ink. For Japanese language students and aspiring calligraphers alike, Brush Writing is the perfect introduction to the art and technique of shodo, Japanese calligraphy.

Soft cover, 104 pages. ISBN:9780870118623. Author: Ryokushu Kuiseko.

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