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Friday, January 22, 2010

"White" Japanese calligraphy

"" (haku, or shiro). It is translated as white, pure, bright.
This character is written by Kanzi,
Regular script.

Etymology : This character originally
showed an acorn.
The character acquired its current meaning of white from the color of the acorn's meat.

The original meaning has been lost

Original meanings and forms change really during long time.
It often happens in human society.


  1. Ruma, this is really beautifully drawn and I didn't expect that it resembles an acorn. I know this character means 'bai' in Chinese and has same meaning: white.

  2. So simple and so beautiful - thank you for sharing!

  3. I know this character for a long time, but I didn't know it originally showed an acorn. This character has positive meanings, and the draw is also simple, so I like it. :-P

  4. How interesting..again, perfect for you subject above!

  5. How lovely. The ice sculptures are amazing. This is such a nice way to learn.
    Thank you,

  6. The simplest characters seem to highlight the calligraphy most.

  7. One of good and impressive calligraphy.

    Laby[zoot suits]


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