Shodo, The Secret of Japanese Handwriting


This is not my case because I am very bad at handwriting but
you might have wondered why Japanese people have such clean handwriting.
Is it because everyone is hard-working, or because they have talented hands?
It's because in Japanese elementary schools or some go to the shodo private schools,
they have classes specifically for handwriting practice. I personally didn't like it.
My parents let me go see a master every Saturday, I remember he was giving us
My friends were there too so it was fun to hang with them but when I had to scrub the ink (sumi) in the form of an ink stick,
or, more commonly, instant ink which was in a bottle looking like soy sauce,
I really couldn't stand the smell and the liquid sputtering all over my hands and clothes.

I like to look at the art of Shodo. It is very beautiful and no other language has such beauty.
Shodō is a form of calligraphy, or artistic writing, of the Japanese language.
For a long time, the most esteemed calligrapher in Japan was a Chinese calligrapher in the 4th century,
but after the invention of Hiragana and Katakana, the Japanese unique syllabaries,
the distinctive Japanese writing system developed and calligraphers produced styles intrinsic to Japan.

I wish they didn't develop Katakana. These alphabets are the most annoying ever to use which should be written in ABC alphabets
in modern Japan.
The reason the practice took hold was because it wasn't just about writing pretty characters,
but it was also practice to discipline your soul. I know it was too quiet in the room when I was taking the class and
had to sit in Seiza ( a knee folding position on the floor that impedes blood circulation, in other words, hell,)
I never like my hands got dirty and stinky, also it is very difficult to manipulate the brush.
The master often said it's important that when you face the desk holding your brush, that you carefully write the character with a calm,
composed heart. Aim for a calm, composed heart! C'mon Yoda, I ain't got the lightsaber. I needed to use force to accomplish this
After this, when you want to write meticulously, take the time to meditate and you might have a surprising result.

You can try Shodo classes with your loved one and make the bond stronger!!