What is Japanese Calligraphy?

Japanese Calligraphy has been a fine art form for centuries. Known as ‘Shodo’, the history of this calligraphy has Chinese roots that were introduced into Japan at around 600 AD. At the start of calligraphy in China, it was used for inscribing bones with pictographs as a religious practice. This then evolved into a standardised …

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Pictures of the Floating World: History of Ukiyo-e Prints

The Legacy of Traditional Japanese Woodblock Prints Ukiyo-e can be translated literally as ‘pictures of the floating world’. The term describes the genre of Japanese woodblock prints, which includes the well-known works of Hiroshige and Hokusai. In fact, the history of ukiyo-e prints covers a great deal more ground than landscape art alone, and the …

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