Sumigraphy - About Japanese Calligraphy

Japanese calligraphy has its origins in ancient Chinese calligraphic traditions. It was brought to Japan initially by Zen Buddhist monks. In Japan, the tradition has taken on its own life, blooming into different styles. The Buddhist style is called Syakyo, and embraces the art of writing, taking it beyond a mere communication medium. The brushstrokes capture the energy of the artist and bring the kanji characters to life. In traditional calligraphy, the brushstroke is an act of concentration and meditation, as the artist cannot correct any errors and must get it right in one effort. Japanese calligraphy has been developed and honored in our culture in tandem with other deeply respected Japanese artistic traditions, such as Sado, the tea ceremony, and Kado, the art of flower arrangement. All Japanese art forms respect harmony, nature, order, and beauty. Calligraphy is included in Japanese art education and is appreciated in our society as an ancient art.