Shodou [書道] – Calligraphy
“Shodo” is one of the famous traditional Japanese arts.
Originally, “Shodou” [書道/しょどう] is the writing materials which came from China around the sixth or seventh century with methods for making brushes, ink, and paper.
During these days, “Shodou” has been an essential part of the education for members of the ruling noble families.
Nowadays, the writing material is replaced by pencils or ballpoint-pens , but “Shodou” is remains as the traditional Japanese art. There are “Shodou” lessons during elementary school to learn the basics of “Shodou”.
Enjoyment with “Shodou” lies in the accurate composition of the characters, the stroke orders and handles in their creation, the shading of the ink, and the balanced placement of the characters on the paper. If done correctly it looks beautiful and very impressive.
At the beginning of each year, there is a famous “Shodou” event called “kakizome” [書き初め/かきぞめ] which people write characters to depict their the New Years resolutions.