Shodo: The Quiet Art of Japanese ZEN Calligraphy

Shodo: The Quiet Art of Japanese ZEN Calligraphy


By (author) Shozo Sato, By (author) Gengo Akiba Roshi

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  • Publisher: Tuttle Shokai Inc
  • Format: Hardback | 176 pages
  • Dimensions: 236mm x 312mm x 28mm | 1,293g
  • Publication date: 3 April 2014
  • Publication City/Country: Kanagawa
  • ISBN 10: 4805312041
  • ISBN 13: 9784805312049
  • Illustrations note: Full-Colour Throughout; 30 ZEN Koans
  • Sales rank: 207,609

Product description

This beautiful book teaches the traditional Japanese art of calligraphy through the power and wisdom of Zen poetry. It is designed for all learners, from beginner to advanced. Anyone interested in the arts will be inspired by the intersection of Japanese aesthetics and Zen Buddhist thought found in this extraordinary book.

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Author information

Shozo Sato was awarded the Order of Sacred Treasure from the Emperor of Japan for his contributions in teaching Japanese traditions. His areas of expertise include ikebana (flower arranging), chanoyu (tea ceremony), and Japanese theater, as well as sumi-e (ink painting). He is the author of numerous books including "Tea Ceremony, Ikebana," and "The Art of Sumi-e." He was the founding director of Japan House at the University of Illinois, where he is Professor Emeritus and continues to teach Japanese arts. He devides his time between Fort Bragg, California and Champaign, IL.

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"This book is a gift for the mind and the eyes. Thoughtful commentary provokes an ongoing consideration of the meanings of the Zen phrases, while the brilliant inclusion of calligraphic how-to educates the eyes on how to follow the lines of ink in the original free-flowing gestures of the brush. I know I will return to this book again and again." -- Christy A. Bartlett, Director, Urasenke Foundation San Francisco