Students’ Art Display by Kashuu/佳萩 -Japanese Calligraphy
Chinese characters or Kanji originally came to Japan from China in the 5th century AD. Kanji are the heart of Japanese calligraphy. Each Kanji can have more than one meaning and pronunciation. It is these multiple layers of meanings and sounds as well as their intrinsic beauty that makes them an ideal subject for art and poetry.
There are several different styles ranging from the formal kaisho in which each character is clearly drawn to the flowing sosho where the characters are abbreviated and often joined up.
The art of Japanese calligraphy is a balance between keeping to the essence of the character whilst, as the calligrapher’s skill improves, developing an individual style and expressiveness. The calligrapher has one chance to create the character, there should be no correction and it represents a moment in time.
The works displayed here are by students of Kashuu Sensei. We meet twice a month and all started out as beginners. We are from diverse professional and personal backgrounds and were drawn to calligraphy for different reasons. However we all share the pleasure of being immersed in the challenge of trying to master such a deceptively simple task.
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