‘Barakamon’ and the History of Japanese Calligraphy

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Barakamon is a slice-of-life anime series set in the Gotou Islands, Nagasaki prefecture, Japan, that features the islands’ local traditions and the importance of human relationships. The protagonist, Seishuu Handa, is a professional calligrapher. The art of calligraphy has a rich history in Japan and in this article I would like to introduce you to the artistic writing of the Japanese language.

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History of Japanese calligraphy

Japanese calligraphy, known as shodou in Japanese, originated from Chinese calligraphy when the Chinese characters (now called kanji in Japanese) were introduced to Japan in the ancient Yayoi Period. The original Chinese calligraphy has a very long history. The earliest known form of Chinese writing is oracle bone script from prehistoric times (script carved on animal bones or turtle plastrons). The pictographic oracle bone script developed into the present day logograms, kanji and hiragana. Calligraphy is still practiced today as a way to write correctly or as an artistic way to represent the characters in unique ways.

As Buddhism was introduced with these characters in Japan, shakyou, or sutra copying, became popular. When Japanese envoys to ancient Sui or Tang Dynasty China came back to Japan