Tomoko Kawao’s Calligraphy | The Art of Japanese Life


“2,000 years have passed, but we write the characters in the same way… When I look at the Shodo classics, I can tell if the person was feeling sad or angry when they wrote it… Now that everything is digital, writing by hand has become precious.”
Japanese artist Tomoko Kawao creates large-scale calligraphy, using her whole body to reinterpret classic patterns that haven’t changed for millennia.
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