Item description for An Introduction To Japanese Kanji Calligraphy by Kunii Takezaki & Bob Godin...
The word calligraphy literally means "beautiful writing." It is an art form that can be found in most civilizations with a written script. Originally developed to stress the importance of culture, religion and philosophy, over time calligraphy in most languages has developed into a purely artistic expression. In Japan, kanji characters from the panese writing system are used in calligraphy. An Introduction to Japanese Kanji Calligraphy is an exploration of this Asian art form, and examines how calligraphic poetry developed in Japan. Written by a Japanese shodo master, An Introduction to Japanese Kanji Calligraphy is a wonderful introduction to a beautiful art.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 14" Height: 10" Weight: 0.76 lbs.
Release Date Feb 15, 2008
Publisher Charles E Tuttle Co
ISBN 4805309253 ISBN13 9784805309254 UPC 676251309256
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SUPERB OVERVIEW OF JAPANESE WRITING SYSTEM Oct 22, 2007
The book contains a very short but meaty introduction to the Japanese writing system. It covers the several types of Japanese alphabet, Katakana, Hiragana, Ro-omaji & Kanji and provides with information on the origin for the names for these different writing systems in the Japanese language. For instance, for the the word Kanji, which is one of the most daunting systems for many Japanese language students, it breaks down the word in two; Kan & Ji, showing the meaning for Kan= Chinese & Ji= Character. Therefore, Kanji simply means Chinese characters and so on with the other writing systems, Hiragana, etc. Also, it shows how to write them and a history and etymological background for the Japanese alphabet. What it shone through the book was the calligraphic examples given and the photos all along. It's a very complete work the authours did for this title and as a guide for someone who's into calligraphy or even learning the language from scratch is purely grand. 100% recommended on this ground! ... Gambatte kudasai > Best Results for you!