shodo

Japanese Calligraphy – The Art of Shodo

Japanese Calligraphy is called “Shodo”. The word Shodo literally means the way of writing. Shodo is writing letters with a brush using Indian ink on Japanese paper. Although it is called Japanese Calligraphy, it is widely shared in East-Asian countries since it was born in China more than 2000 years ago. History of Japanese Calligraphy Shodo was introduced to Japan from China some 1500 years ago. At the same time, Chinese characters “Kanji” were also introduced, as Japanese did not have characters to write with. Japanese people at that time started to use Kanji to write Japanese. They actually used the Chinese ideographs as phonetic alphabet to express Japanese sound. Those [...]