Yamaoka Tesshu

Yamaoka Tesshu is a remarkable figure from the turbulent era that marked the beginning of modern Japan. He attained profound enlightenment at the age of forty-five and became aware of the hidden laws of martial arts with sword, zen, and calligraphy. Yamaoka Tesshu is an extremely versatile and prolific master: an incomparable sword fighter who …

The Japanese Calligraphy

Japanese calligraphy is called “shodo”. It is one of the most popular fine arts in Japan, and calligraphic works are valued throughout painting. There is nothing superfluous or accidental in the completed calligraphic work. There is a certain order when writing the elements on the rice paper with a bamboo brush and ink. For each …