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Wasure-Gai – Onnade Calligraphy – Okashi


Wasure-Gai – Onnade Calligraphy – Okashi

Video for Harri Suilamo´s compose Wasure-Gai – Onnade calligraphy 

total length 12 min.


Wasure-gai means “a shell of forgetfulness” 
There were several variations of calligraphy in existence at the time when the Japanese form began to break free of its Chinese heritage. Onnade calligraphy is writing “in a female hand” that was used for poems and journals, and represented refinement and poetic beauty. Its soft, freely formed signs could even lose their symbolic identity, whereupon they became pure art and aesthetics, in contrast with the “male hand” (otokode) that was used for official writing, using Chinese signs and straightforward angularity.
Though related to the modern word okashii, meaning "strange" or "weird," the classical term okashi referred to things which were cute, delightful, or amusing. The term is used extensively, in particular, by Sei Shônagon in her Pillow Book (Makura no sôshi). 
































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