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Learn some of the characters used to write Japanese and how to speak some simple words and phrases. You can also learn about the art of Japanese Calligraphy and read some Haiku (Japanese style poems) written by Japanese Club students.  

 

 Japanese Words and Phrases: 

 

Greetings

Greetings smiley

 Numbers

Numbers

Colours

Colours 

 

Food

Food

Places 

Places

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Calligraphy  

 

CalligraphyThe Japanese Calligraphy is one of the most popular fine arts of Japan. Simply, calligraphy is an art to write beautifully and are valued as pieces of fine art in their own right. The master creates a work of art by bamboo brush and inks on rice paper. The harmony and elegance of the lines created give not only aesthetic pleasure but also transfer thousand-year wisdom. Each line is meaningful and each movement of the calligrapher’s brush creates something fine.

History of Japanese Calligraphy

The history of Japanese calligraphy can be traced back to the origins of Chinese civilization and the creation of the Chinese writing system itself about 4,500 years ago. Calligraphy had already been developed a considerable amount by the time it arrived in Japan sometime around the sixth century, at approximately the same time that the Chinese system of writing (kanji) was also being imported.

Japanese calligraphy’s three basic writing styles:

 

Kaisho 

Gyousho 

Sousho 

 

 Kaisho means “correct writing”.  This is the style in which each of the strokes is made in a deliberate and clear way, creating a form that is very similar to the character as you would see it printed.This is the form that students of calligraphy study first, as it is close to the written characters they are already familiar with, but it gives them the opportunity to get used to using the brush correctly.  

Kaisho

 Gyousho literally means “travelling writing” and refers to the semi-cursive style of Japanese calligraphy. What is written as separate strokes in kaisho style flow together to form a more rounded whole in gyousho. People use this style for taking notes. Notice how  the gyousho character is more flowing and artistic compared to the printed version.

Gyousho

 Sousho means “grass writing” and refers to the flowing cursive style of calligraphy. The calligraphy artist rarely allows their brush to leave the paper, resulting in graceful, swooping shapes.

Here the shape of the character is almost completely unrecognizable as the same kanji in print on the right.

 Sousho

 

News Club News: 

2013 Calligraphy Workshops

2013 The Art of Koshu Exhibition 

2009 Japanese Embassy Calligraphy Workshop

 

 Haiku  

 

What is Haiku?

Haiku (俳句 high-koo) is a form of traditional Japanese poetry.
It is a 17 syllable verse made up of three lines of 5, 7, and 5 syllables.
  

These Haikus were written by Japanese Club students for the Fifth Japan-EU English Haiku Contest: 

 

Blossom covers trees,

A silhouette walks through petals,

My friend's smile welcomes

Anna Floyd

Blossom on the tree,

Hanging there so happily,

Welcoming spring break 

Elizabeth Bonnett

On my daily walk,

Through the fields with flowers everywhere,

The honey bee hugged me 

Phoebe Rossiter

 

The sea of flowers,

We rest in a silent field,

As we watch the petals fall

Olivia Lewry

Blows of the wind,

Velvet petals flow softly,

Landing all around 

Genivieve Hubbard

Mornings that shine bright,

Now wave goodbye to the sun, 

The sun is asleep   

Georgyana McKeand-Halliday 

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