History and tradition about Shodo

Japanese calligraphy postcards called 「GOEN-HAGAKI」

Hello, everyone!

I’m Mai Tamashiro, a Japanese calligrapher, and a calligraphy instructor.

Please call me Mai:)

I create Japanese calligraphy postcards called 「GOEN-HAGAKI」 and organize lectures on how to make them, and why it’s important for us to know. I have taught more than 800 people in the last 5 years, and I’m planning on visiting educational institutions to organize the seminars.

Here in this blog, my purpose is to convey the virtue and the significant value of Japanese calligraphy as I believe calligraphy is one of the oldest and purest art expressions of what Japan is as a country and culture.

Today, let me tell you about Shodo culture, Japanese calligraphy!

Shodo is one of the oldest traditional forms of art in Japan and has been in existence since the 5th century. In the historical context, Japanese calligraphy was developed from Chinese writing around 2,000 years ago. At that time, Japan did not have a written form of language. People began adapting characters from Chinese into unique Japanese forms — this was how Kana writing was developed between the 5th to the 8th century.

Thank you for your time!
It’s my pleasure if this blog becomes an opportunity for you to get interested in the Japanese culture of calligraphy.

See you in my next blog, and have a nice day:)



Japanese Calligraphy Artist for appreciation-card “GOEN-HAGAKI” Connecting minds through original calligraphy art