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“Kakizome”, the Japanese New Year Ceremony2013.01.02

Japanese calligraphy called “Kakizome” is a ceremony which performed on every January 2nd.
It is an event that write Kanji characters,or draw a picture with a writing brush for the first time in the year.

Originally, “Kakizome” performed on every beginning of the year in the Imperial Court.

Calligraphy became popular in Edo period , when educational facilities called “Terakoya” were established in japan.
When meiji period comes, caligraphy considered to be compulsory in school.

In ancient Japan, calligraphy was so holy and important act that the person who was good at calligraphy including a priest and the scholar ascended high throne.

People wrote Kanji character such as “寿” (“happiness” in Japanese) or “福” (”Good luck ” in Japanese) and Chinese poetry in front of a picture of “Michizane Sugawara” who believed “God of the study” and Japan or altar of Japanese Shintou until the time of the Showa period.

Japanese also performs a ceremony called “the Dondo burning” on every January 15th, which burning of New Year’s decorations and “Kakizome”.
It is said that if paper flared up highly, the author of “Kakizome” will have good handwriting.

In nowadays, mainstream of writing character is a PC, but I think it is important to keep a mind of writing beautiful characters with our hands.

"Kakizome", the Japanese New Year Ceremony

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