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Since MeijiPerspectives on the Japanese Visual Arts, 1868-2000$
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J. Thomas Rimer

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780824834418

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824834418.001.0001

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Japanese Calligraphy since 1868

Japanese Calligraphy since 1868

(p.445) 16 Japanese Calligraphy since 1868
Since Meiji

Stephen Addiss

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter examines the history of Japanese calligraphy since 1868. It considers the multiple facets of modern calligraphy by dividing the artists into categories: traditional waka (tanka) poet-calligraphers, haiku masters, Chinese-style literati, Zen monks, experimental calligraphers, and professional calligraphers. Each of these categories developed from different traditions and had different audiences and patrons. After discussing the artists as well as the trends, styles, and works that accompany waka, haiku, literati, Zen, experimental, and professional calligraphy, the chapter assesses the place of calligraphy in Japanese life today. Calligraphers mentioned throughout include Otagaki Rengetsu, Masaoka Shiki, Murase Taiitsu, Nakahara Nantembō, Fukushima Keidō, Hidai Tenrai, and Yanagida Taiun.

Keywords:   waka, haiku, literati, Zen calligraphy, experimental calligraphy, professional calligraphy, Japanese calligraphy, calligraphers, tanka, Yanagida Taiun

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