?? (shodo) literally means «the way of writing.» It refers to a form of calligraphy (‘beautiful writing’) that is used for writing Japanese characters with a brush and ink on rice paper.

?? (shodo) originated in China. The very first calligraphy in Japan was written only using ?? (kanji) – Chinese Characters.

However, after Hiragana and Katakana (Japanese Syllabaries) were invented in the 5th century, calligraphy, along with modern writing in Japan, switched to include all Trio.

To write Japanese Calligraphy, you need a diversity of instruments:

1. An ink stick (? – «sumi»)

Two. An ink stone (? – «suzuri») to grind the ink stick against, mixed with water

Trio.A paper weight (?? – «bunchin») to hold the paper in place

Four. A cloth (??? – «shitajiki») to place under the paper (often newsprint is used as well) to prevent ink from bleeding through.

6. A seal. The art of engraving a seal is called «tenkoku» (??). The student is encouraged to engrave his own seal. The position of the seal or the seals is based on aesthetic views.

7. ?? (washi) – a type of traditional Japanese paper that can be made out of rice, mulberry, bamboo, or hemp.

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It’s ideal for beginners because you don’t need to use ink or paper! All you have to do is dip the brush in water and you can write on this special paper! The writing will vanish after a few minutes making it possible to use the same paper over and over again!

Writing vanishes within approximately 8 minutes!

Also, it rolls up, which prevents wrinkles and makes it effortless to store!

Original «Niwakan» brush included!

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