Calligraphy
by
Maki and Miho



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Hi Maki and Miho,
Your video was so interesting to watch! I've always admired how beautiful calligraphy turns out to be. Is it something that require students in Japan to learn how to do, or is it more of an elective class (something optional that you can take if you want)? Also, is there a time when people write calligraphy a lot, such as for a festival or something? Or is it something you do because you enjoy it?

Thanks for making such a cool video. :]
Riana

Dear Riana
Thank you for your comment. We must practice calligraphy when we are in elementary school, but after that it is up to us. Some people write to a character on New Year's Day as resolution. In Japan, most schools have calligraphy club. People who like to write calligraphy join the club, and they practice it about once a week. Have you tried to write calligraphy?
From Maki and Miho

Hi Maki and Miho, again. :]
That's really interesting that people write it as a resolution. What kinds of things do people write? (Have you done that before?) I've never tried writing calligraphy--I'm not very artistic at all, but your video has inspired me to try it someday. Were either of you ever in a calligraphy club?
Riana


Dear Riana
People write solutions like "Challenge", "Honest", "Remember my original intention", "Vigor" and so on. We have done this when we were elementary school students. We are glad because our video could inspire you! Thank you!! During preschool, elementary school, junior high school and high school ,Maki belonged to calligraphy club. Miho belonged to soft tennis club and Brass Band Club and played the bassoon. Do you belong to any club?
From Maki and Miho


Hello Maki and Miho,
That's really cool that you can be in a calligraphy club--or any club for that long, Maki! That must take a lot of dedication! And Miho: what is "soft" tennis? Is that like regular tennis, with a bigger/softer ball; like baseball vs. softball? A bassoon? That sounds really difficult, but I bet you're really good at it. :] I belong to our school's Japanese Club [I'm co-president with my friend, Terumi] and I also do the sports Cross Country (Running) and Track and Field (hurdles/high jump). Thanks so much for talking to me, you guys! If you ever feel like talking again, my email is available from your teacher.
Take care,
Riana

Hello Maki and Miho!
I really enjoyed watching your video! You speak English quite well! Watching your video made me want to learn calligraphy too. My uncle practices Chinese calligraphy very often and his is quite beautiful now. Calligraphy is really beautiful isn't it? I like how they began as pictures and evolved over time as characters. When did you two begin to learn how to do calligraphy? Are there different styles like they have in Chinese calligraphy?

I hope you make more nice videos like this. ^-^
~Michelle.


Dear Michelle
We are glad to hear that you enjoyed our video:) Your uncle practices Chinese calligraphy. Wow! Why does he practice it? Does he live in U.S.?
We also think that calligraphy is really beautiul. Most Japanese begin to learn calligraphy when they were in elementary school. However, we began to learn when we were in kindergarden. We do not sure wheter Chinese calligraphy and Japanese calligraphy have some differences ,or not, but we think that these are similar.
From Maki and Miho


Hi Maki and Miho!
My uncle practices Chinese calligraphy only because he is Chinese. Haha. Just kidding. But yes, he lives in the U.S. I think he really enjoys practicing calligraphy because of its beauty and the challenge of writing them perfectly. In fact, he has written so much calligraphy that they cover all of his walls! He even owns his own blog and posts his calligraphy and other Chinese things he is interested in.
Wow! From elementary school?! That's amazing! Do you have calligraphy contests?
~Michelle.


Dear Michelle
That sound interesting!! Your uncle owns his own blog? We want to see it! We have calligraphy contests, and we entered these contests. Maki got a prise in elementary school.
It was great to talk to you. Happy holidays!!

From Maki and Miho



Your Video was really interesting! You should continue making these kinds of video. I always thought calligraphy is beautiful because my dad writes chinese calligraphy. Also does remembering the stroke order of writing Kanji difficult for you?
Michael


Dear Michael
Hello, thank you for your message for us. We are surprised that your father write chinese calligraphy. How often does he write? What does he write? Please give us examples:) It is not difficult for us to remember the stroke order of Kanji, but some Kanji's stroke order is hard to remember.
From Maki and Miho



Hello Maki and Miho!
I loved your video! It had so much great information on traditional Japanese calligraphy and I'm glad I had the chance to learn about it. Is calligraphy like a hobby to you? Or is it more like schoolwork? Either, way it's beautiful and I'd like to thank you for sharing what you know.

I loved the video and I hope you make more,
Shahriyar


Dear Shahriyar
Hi! Thank you for your comment. We are happy to give you a chance to know about calligraphy. Calligraphy is our hobby because we do not write calligraphy so many times in daily life. When we were in elementary school, calligraphy was schoolwork. However, it is not schoolwork now,we like to write! We enjoy it. Does U.S. school also have any writing character class such as calligraphy?
From Maki and Miho