Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Classic graffiti?

Japanese calligraphy, Kyoto sightseeing
Excuse me not for being the daily scenery.

What is this?

Classic graffiti? No, it is a slice of poetry.

This was written on a paper by a famous poet and essayist more than a thousand years ago. I, like most people in Japan, hardly read a series of characters and only Japanese scholars and calligraphers can read them.

But I love to watch this kind of calligraphy though I cannot understand these meanings. I would think that the curves of these characters have fine and delicate beauties, just like the flows of dancing ballerinas.

Every time I watch this, I cannot help being surprised that just a thin paper have been remained for more than a millennium.

10 Comments:

At 10/11/2006 10:33 PM, Blogger Jing said...

:)
beautiful calligraphy!!
As in Chinese, there are also many beautiful calligraphy. I cant read some of them too~~

In the photo,I can recognize one character in Japanese!!
:D
...Jing

 
At 10/12/2006 1:50 PM, Blogger Zsolt72 said...

its beautiful as calligraphy and painting too. Three artwork in one!

 
At 10/12/2006 3:41 PM, Blogger Mimmu said...

It is wonderful to see this kind of astonishing, beautiful paper from ancient time.
I have been in Petra of Jordan and the Finnish professor Jaakko Frösen has found from there 1500 years old papyri. The journey of Petra was really interesting.
Perhaps you have time to copy this links and look at them.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Petra
http://www.helsinki.fi/research/excellence/2005/frosen.htm

 
At 10/12/2006 4:41 PM, Blogger Kris said...

yes, its one fine art! it is seems as though it was done effortlessly!

 
At 10/13/2006 12:27 AM, Blogger macky said...

jing: Oh, you know Japanese? Chinese has many excellent calligraphy, especially 王義之.
zsolt72: it is nice that you can enjoy it:-)
mimmu: thank you very much for letting me know useful information. I have not been in Petra but have enjoyed the movie, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. In the movie, a glimpse of the Treasury of Petra from between two big rocks was incredibly impressive scene!! Petra is one of cities I would like to visit.
kris: Yes, it seemed effortless, just like paintings of Raoul Dufy.

 
At 10/14/2006 3:27 AM, Blogger Jing said...

:)
macky, yes,maybe everyone of us all knows 王羲之. I think so.
and once i learned Japanese for 2 years...but ... not almost forget all (embarrassed...) now.

have a nice weekend.
Jing

 
At 10/14/2006 3:28 AM, Blogger Jing said...

not= now
(embarrassed..)
so careless i am again....
:D

 
At 10/16/2006 11:31 PM, Blogger zannnie said...

hi macky, this is a very nice piece of art...i love it:)

 
At 10/16/2006 11:31 PM, Blogger zannnie said...

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At 10/19/2006 9:25 AM, Blogger Thiên said...

It is indeed very beautiful, Macky.

 

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