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 line and point with an important beginning, direction, shape and end; the balance between the elements is important; the space between the elements is important; the relationship between “simple” and “elegant” is important. The creator must be both maximally focused and spontaneous in the performance.
White paper contains a philosophical meaning of emptiness. The black signs on a white background carry the breakdown of “yin” and “yang” – the feminine and masculine.
Calligraphy is part of the practice of children’s Buddhism – such as ikebana, tea ceremony – a child, kendo – sword fencing and other Japanese martial arts such as karate and aikido. It is a kind of meditation, a path to knowledge. The most prominent martial arts masters have studied calligraphy and tea ceremonies for as long as martial arts.
In the past, calligraphy was a privilege for Japanese aristocrats and samurai. Today it is available to anyone, even in Bulgaria, who is interested in Jen Buddhism and Japanese culture in general.
Practice Jen Buddhism believe that the hieroglyph has a sacred meaning, because the script of the East is considered to be sent from Heaven. Therefore, the calligrapher guarantees his mark in himself with a special energy. It is believed that if during the examination of a calligraphic work he thinks about success, joy, creativity and love – for everything that does not make him happy, happiness will constantly come into our lives.