japanese characters written by hand in calligraphy
Waka Poem (detail) written by Mr. Sato for the Japanese Canadian Society’s Centennial celebration, 1977
Galt Museum & Archives 19790277000

Sho, or calligraphy, is one of the unique arts of the East. It is a creative art form which attempts to express spiritual depth and beauty by means of kanji and kana characters written with a brush and sumi (ink).

Beauty is sought through the shape and position of the characters drawn, the gradation of the ink, and the force of the brush strokes.

Beauty is also found in the complexity of the kanji characters, each of which has a meaning.