Spring is finally here… well, sort of.
I just started a new series of video showing how to brush calligraphy in Gyosho (semi-cursive) style. In this video I chose the Kanji 春 (Haru-Spring). I like this Kanji a lot because of its simplicity yet challenging composition. It was one of the first Kanji I learned how to brush with Maki Sensei, and still to this day, sometimes it gives me trouble getting it “right”. Understanding and getting a good sense on how the first 5 strokes are brushed is the key to this Kanji.
Remember to make sure you are dominating the Kaisho (block style) version first, and then try the Gyosho version following the same rules of writing but adding fluidity and connectivity between each stroke.
春 is part of the word 新春 (Shin Shun) which means “New Spring” or “New Year”.
Yes, the year does really start with Spring doesn’t it? At least in the culinary word it does…