Degree of freedom of Chinese characters


This is a quite well-known haiku by Basho (松尾芭蕉), one of the most popular haiku poets in early Edo period in Japan.


Apparently, my most important friend as to my career as a calligrapher likes it, because he quoted it in his recent message to me.


However, my biggest interest and what I wanted to show the readers here is the structure of the Chinese character for “autumn”.


The letter has two parts, in other words it can be vertically divided into two parts.  And we usually write it just the opposite way from how I did here.  However, what did here is never a mistake.


In short, when it comes to writing some Chinese characters, it doesn’t matter which way you put the two parts, that is, it isn’t very strictly defined which part should be right and which one should be put left side.


To sum up, concerning how Chinese characters should be written, there is much wider latitude than people would usually expect.


On this road/

No one will follow me/

In the autumn evening/


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yushokai について

I live in Kyoto, Japan, where I was born and raised. I began practicing calligraphy at age six under the late Mr. Akiyama Kodo, a distinguished master of calligraphy whose calligraphic works are found even today on stone monuments for public parks and fasciae for long-established businesses. Despite my age, I think I am increasingly active in my calligraphic practice. "My works give the impression of lightheartedness and overflowing vitality, evoking the dance of air and the flow of clear water" is what people tell me, I am happy and proud to tell you. My distinct style has attracted many followers both domestic and abroad. Having continued for over half a century to be evolving as a calligrapher, I am never willing to compromise. May accomplishments: Solo exhibition, 2009 and three group exhibitions in Kyoto, Japan (2011, 2013, 2015) Participation in a group exhibition in Poznan, Poland, November 2017 Productions as requested from individuals, businesses and citizen’s movements.


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