Karate and Zen Calligraphy



Zen & Martial Art Japanese Calligraphy  - download jpeg library

Download hi-res jpegs of kanji for 45 cents per saying!

Hand Brushed Shodo 

Order kanji artwork by a Japanese artist (Mayuko Sumida - artist's biography is below). 

                                                  (US$19 gives you 48 images):

  
- Digital hi-resolution jpegs

  - download up to 48 images for just $19 (you are given a 30 day download period)

  - license included to allow you to use in advertising & web sites


                           - all 48 sayings listed below just $19....
 
  

Low-res and distorted sample kanji list:
do kanji the way
Do  
the path to enlightenment

Ki
inner spirit/lifeforce
 Zen
Enso
a Zen symbol with interpretation like "empty yet complete 
 
Heian (Pinan)
Peace & tranquillity
Mushin
an empty mind
 

Kiai

Budo
Way of the martial arts
 
 

Bushido
Way of the warrior


Karate-Do

Way of the empty hand 

Karate-Do
Way of the Chinese hand (the original kanji for karate)

Dojo
the place of studying the Way
 
 Sui
water

Moku
wood

Ka
fire 
metal
 
Chi
earth

Hana
flower
 

Arashi
Storm

Aka
red
 

Tsuki
moon



Shodan
 
1st degree black belt


Goshu
Australia
 


America
 
South Africa 
England 
Canada 
 
Nihon
Japan
Fudoshin
  mental and physical strength through an immovable mind
Shito-ryu
 

Shotokan
 

Goju
 
 
Yin-yang
inyo in Japanese
Kyokai

Academy/Institute 




Menkyo

license/certification 
 

Kazoku
family
 


Shin
heart/mind

Zanshin 
 lingering spirit


Matsu
pine tree 

Judo
 

bassai dai kanji
Bassai no kata

(low-res sample)
 
Unsu (Unshu)
(low-res sample)


Dai
 big (low-re sample)


Seienchin

 
Aikido




Sensei
teacher
 

Shihan
master
 

Rishin
success
 - download kit includes all high resolution jpeg kanji images & a free license to use the jpegs in web design, brochures & marketing etc.


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     - all 48 sayings listed below just $19....




About the Japanese Artist provding the calligraphy:

Mayuko Sumida learnt Shodo (Japanese  calligraphy) from her grandfather who is a sensei in the art. She also practices Japanese karate. She is from Nagoya Japan and has now begun supplying calligraphy through this website.

A purchase also licenses the buyer to use the supplied kanji on your website or other publication for marketing or decorations. Mayukos standard offerings include the above kanji.
 

Brief Article: Origins & Methods of ShoDo Japanese Calligraphy

One often sees Karate and Zen Japanese calligraphy hanging in traditional dojo in Japan and the West. Shodo (Japanese calligraphy) has been practiced by some of the most famous martial artists that have ever lived and is an art to be appreciated, and contemplated. Many books relate budo (the martial arts) to shodo as complementary arts and a first rate example includes The sword of No-Sword which documents the life of the sword and zen master Tesshu (book authored by John Stevens; ISBN 0-87773-284-1). This book documents Tesshus study of martial arts, Zen & calligraphy in his journey to enlightenment. Miyamoto Musashi is another famous martial artist who also practiced calligraphy.

 
Japanese calligraphy is more than simply writing as the Chinese characters are derived from pictographs of what they represent (below figure). In the Japanese  language these characters are called "Kanji". Many of the requirements for their production mirror that of zen as it is expressed in fighting: e.g. fluid movement, empty mind, the creation of strength in what is created, and the movements are often related to those of a sword in motion.
 
The 4 primary tools used in Shodo for the creation of the Japanese artwork include:

Shikishi: The traditional medium is rice paper, or thicker rice paper boards called
               (Shikishi).
Fude:     The brush.
Suzuri:   a black stone container which the sumi is rubbed in to mix with water. 

Sumi: Rather than using modern ink the sumi is solid black material that is rubbed in water in the suzuri to produce the black ink which is then used for writing (used in the prints created by Mayuko Sumida outlined below).
 
 
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