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Week 1, Term Four, 2019

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This week, Year 7 students studying Japanese were offered the opportunity to experience Japanese calligraphy. The art of Japanese calligraphy is known as 書道 (shodō), which translates to ‘the way of writing.’

Instead of using a pen, students used a brush dipped in ink to write their favourite Japanese words with kanji characters. They chose unique Japanese expressions such as 幽玄 (yuugen / deeply mysterious) or 完全無欠 (kanzen muketsu / absolute perfection) to write on traditional Japanese paper.

Some kanji characters were very tricky to write with a brush, as their strokes needed to bend and curve! Students learned some calligraphy techniques through this experience and had a lot of fun in the process.

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