The Origin of Kanji (Chinese characters)

20 Mar ‘13

3.30PM - 4.30PM
Speaker: Mr Kankyu Harada, calligrapher

Venue: Lecture Theatre A96, Pathfoot Building, University of Stirling

Kankyu Harada was born in Fukuoka-city, Kyushu, Japan, and is one of the country's most renowned calligraphers.  Since his calligraphy was first accepted at the Japan Art Exhibition NITTEN in 1980, his art has been accepted at exhibitions for 30 straight years. Acceptance at Nitten is a great honour for any artist, and shows the extraordinary level of his skill.  He currently focuses his activities on his own school in Osaka where he teaches calligraphy to professional people and, of course, to any person who wants to learn and enjoy the art of calligraphy.

What makes his talent unique is that he is able to handle different styles of Japanese calligraphy, i.e. Kaisho, Gyohsho, Sohsho, Reisho and Tensho. He is also an expert in the art of Japanese seal-engraving called Tenkoku.

Apart from his artistic endeavours, Mr Harada is also known as a scholar of Jigen i.e. the history of Kanji (Chinese characters).  His research includes the origin and history of Kanji and how it has evolved over the centuries.

In this lecture, Mr Harada will show how various Chinese characters have evolved into their present format and will also touch on different styles of calligraphy.


Following the lecture, Mr Harada will give a tour of his exhibition from 4.30 - 5pm and all guests are then invited to join us for a Drinks Reception in the Crush Hall. The lecture and exhibition are part of the University of Stirling's Japanese Week. Please see the website for details of the lecture and other events.

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