In this video I talked about a book I got recently. The book is SHODO: The Quiet Art of Japanese Zen Calligraphy by Shozo Sato. I ordered this book about a year ago and it just got shipped! I am really excited about this book becasue there isn’t much out there when it comes to Japanese Zen Calligraphy. Sato, is a highly respected author on the subject, having written two other books (one about Ikebana and the other about Sumie) related to Zen arts.
The book shows numerous calligraphies brushed by Zen masters, and then Sato breaks it down and explains how each Kanji is written and their meaning. He showcases how the Kanji evolves from block script to cursive script. Sato also does a great job at explaining how these zen pharases can be become meditative and their meanings somethign to refelct upon.
For beginners this book may be a little bit hard to follow. Although it does have some chapters in the beginning explains some of the basics of calligraphy, it doesn’t really go into detail on how to brush Kanji and the eight basic strokes. So, in my opinion, I think this book is geared towards intermediate and advanced practitioners of Japanese Calligraphy, or some one who is interested in Zen arts and likes to appreciate the art of calligraphy.
If you wish to get this book, click on the link below to purchase it from Amazon.