Romantic Japanese Calligraphy

Express your love with beautiful, romantic Japanese calligraphy. Here I have collected designs that are perfect for lovers to gift to one another. Each is personal and intimate and are one of a kind reminders that will last a lifetime.

Below we have options for both custom and non-custom Japanese art. All are personally created by Master Takase at the time of your order. This is an individually created work of art – not mass produced and certainly not a print. Each work is personally created by Master Takase and proudly bears her seal and signature.

Custom Japanese Calligraphy hand-lettered by Master Japanese Calligrapher Eri Takase.
Romantic Japanese Calligraphy by Master Japanese Calligrapher Eri Takase.

For the custom art, you will be working directly with Master Japanese Calligrapher Eri Takase to create a unique work of art that is tailored to you and your taste. We work with you on all aspects of the design including the translation, font, and layout. We do this by showing you preliminary samples via e-mail that we discuss and change as needed. In this way, you will see the final art before it is created and have input into the design.

Takase Studios has both native English and native Japanese speaking translators and we are happy to provide you with dictionary references and to work with you until you are completely comfortable with the translation as well as the design. We want you to be as happy with the meaning as you are with Master Takase’s beautiful art.

All art is on hand-made Japanese paper that we import ourselves directly from the paper-maker in Kochi Japan. This is a special paper that is ideally suited to Western-style framing and we offer several unframed options and one framed option. We also offer several designs on beautiful Japanese scrolls which we import from Nara.

And each work can usually be created and mailed within 1-3 business days. Beautiful art without the wait!  And the art is affordable with prices starting at $105 for 8 x 12″ non-custom art and $135 for 8 x 12″ custom art. This is an amazing price for original and custom art.

Romantic Japanese Calligraphy – Custom Art

Romantic Japanese Calligraphy - Soul Mates

SoulMates

魂の友
16″ W x 20″ H, Framed

$320

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Soul Mates

There are several ways to translate “soul mates” to Japanese. Here we use an original design that is based on the translation of Soul 魂 (tamashii) and Mates 友 (tomo). Master Takase created this original design by combining the phrase tamashii no tomo into one simple elegant design.

Each design also has two names that are translated using katakana – this is the standard way names are translated to Japanese and the character are like English letters and simply represent the sound and have no meaning. So you don’t have to worry about unintended or bad meanings.

Romantic Japanese Calligraphy - Love - Customized with Names

Love


8″ W x 12″ H, Unframed

$135

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Love

Love in Japanese is 愛 (read ai)

This is a semi-custom design where we work with you to add your names in Japanese to the art. When you order please let us know your names and if the pronunciation is at all in question please do let us know how you pronounce your name.

Romantic Japanese Calligraphy Art

Romantic Japanese Calligraphy - Eternal Love (eiai) - Copyright © 2016 Takase Studios, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Eternal Love

永愛
8" x 12", Unframed

$85

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Eternal Love

Eternal Love in Japanese is 永愛 which is read eiai.

The Japanese kanji combination eiai meaning "Eternal Love" consists of the kanji (read ei) meaning "eternal; eternity" and (read ai) meaning "love; affection".

Romantic Japanese Calligraphy - Faith and Love (shin'ai5) - Copyright © 2016 Takase Studios, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Faith and Love

信愛
8" x 12", Unframed

$85

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Faith and Love

Faith and Love in Japanese is 信愛 which is read shin'ai.

The Japanese word shin'ai meaning "Faith and Love" is composed of the kanji (read shin) meaning "faith, believe in, trust" and (read ai) meaning "love, affection".

Romantic Japanese Calligraphy - Forever in My Heart (eien ni kokoro no naka ni) - Copyright © 2016 Takase Studios, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Forever in My Heart

永遠に心の中に
8" x 12", Unframed

$85

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Forever in My Heart

Forever in My Heart in Japanese is 永遠に心の中に which is read eien ni kokoro no naka ni.

The Japanese phrase eien ni kokoro no naka ni means "Forever in My Heart" and is composed of the words 永遠 (read eien) meaning "forever; eternity", (read kokoro) meaning "heart, mind" and (read naka) meaning "inside; in". Japanese often leaves out the subject and the object of the verb when it is implied. In this case "My" is omitted. For a translation with "My" explicitly stated see Forever in My Heart (eien ni watashi no kokoro ni).

This artwork is a perfect wedding gift or paper anniversary gift and is a beautiful visual reminder of that special someone's place in your heart.

Romantic Japanese Calligraphy - I Love You (aishiteru) - Copyright © 2016 Takase Studios, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

I Love You

愛してる
12 1/4" W x 43" H,
Japanese Scroll

$180

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I Love You

I Love You in Japanese is 愛してる which is read aishiteru.

The Japanese phrase "aishiteru" is actually just a verb 愛してる (read aishiteru) which literally means "loving". Notice that both the subject and the object are omitted. Japanese is classified as a "pro-drop" (pronoun drop) language where the pronouns are commonly omitted. Here the "I" and the "You" are self-evident and so omitted. Hence the Japanese do not say "I love you" they actually say "loving" or aishiteru.

Romantic Japanese Calligraphy - Infinite Love (mugen ai) - Copyright © 2016 Takase Studios, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Infinite Love

無限愛
8" x 12", Unframed

$85

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Infinite Love

Infinite Love in Japanese is 無限愛 which is read mugen ai.

The Japanese phrase mugen ai means "Infinite Love" and is composed of the words 無限 (read mugen) meaning "infinite; without limits" and (read ai) meaning "love, affection".

This artwork makes a perfect wedding or paper anniversary gift and is a visual testament to enduring love.

Romantic Japanese Calligraphy - Love (ai) - Copyright © 2016 Takase Studios, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Love


8" x 12", Unframed

$85

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Love

Love in Japanese is which is read ai.

This is a perfect wedding gift or paper anniversary gift and is a beautiful visual reminder of the central importance of love in our lives.

The Japanese word ai means "Love" and is the best translation for the English word "love". It means the romantic love between two people and can also mean the love between a parent and child, the love for a relative or even the love for a pet.

Romantic Japanese Calligraphy - Love Binds Them All Together (ai wa subete wo kanzen ni musubu obi de aru) - Copyright © 2016 Takase Studios, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Love Binds Them All Together

愛は全てを完全に結ぶ帯である
8" x 12", Unframed

$85

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Love Binds Them All Together

Love Binds Them All Together in Japanese is 愛は全てを完全に結ぶ帯である which is read ai wa subete wo kanzen ni musubu obi de aru.

Love Binds Them All Together is the perfect wedding gift or anniversary gift.

The Japanese sentence ai wa subete wo kanzen ni musubu obi de aru is from Colossians 3:14 and means "Love Binds Them All Together". At Takase Studios we have three Japanese Bibles which we use for the translations. The subject is (read ai) which is indicated by the grammatical element は (read "wa" in this case). The object is 全て (read subete) meaning "all" which is indicated by the grammatical element を read "wo". 完全 (read kanzen) means perfectly with the grammatical element に (read "ni") which follows. The verb is the complex 結ぶ帯である which combines 結ぶ (read musubu) meaning "to bind" (read obi) meaning "belt" and the final である (read dearu) acts like the verb "to be".

Romantic Japanese Calligraphy - One Love (hitotsu no ai) - Copyright © 2016 Takase Studios, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

One Love

一つの愛
8" x 12", Unframed

$85

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One Love

One Love in Japanese is 一つの愛 which is read hitotsu no ai.

The Japanese phrase hitotsu no ai means "One Love" and is composed of the words 一つ (read hitotsu) meaning "one" and (read ai) meaning "love, affection".

This artwork is a perfect wedding gift or paper anniversary gift and is a beautiful visual reminder of the one and only love in your life.

Romantic Japanese Calligraphy - Soul Mates (tamashii no tomo) - Copyright © 2016 Takase Studios, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Soul Mates

魂の友
8" x 12", Unframed

$85

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Soul Mates

Soul Mates in Japanese is 魂の友 which is read tamashii no tomo.

The Japanese phrase tamashii no tomo meaning "Soul Mates" is composed of the words (read tamashii) meaning "soul", the grammatical element (read no), and (read tomo) meaning "mates".

This original hand-brushed art makes a perfect wedding gift or paper anniversary gift.

Romantic Japanese Calligraphy - True Love (shin'ai4) - Copyright © 2016 Takase Studios, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

True Love

真愛
12 1/4" W x 43" H,
Japanese Scroll

$180

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True Love

True Love in Japanese is 真愛 which is read shin'ai.

The Japanese kanji combination shin'ai meaning "True Love" is composed of the kanji (read shin) meaning "true; real" and (read ai) meaning "love; affection".

Romantic Japanese Calligraphy - Unconditional Love (mujouken ai) - Copyright © 2016 Takase Studios, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Unconditional Love

無条件愛
8" x 12", Unframed

$85

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Unconditional Love

Unconditional Love in Japanese is 無条件愛 which is read mujouken ai.

This beautiful work of art is a perfect wedding or paper (first) anniversary gift and is a visual testament to the one you love unconditionally.

The Japanese phrase mujouken ai meaning "Unconditional Love" is composed of the words 無条件 (read mujouken) meaning "unconditional" and (read ai) meaning "love".

Romantic Japanese Calligraphy - Unconditional Love (mujouken ai) - Copyright © 2016 Takase Studios, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Unconditional Love

無条件愛
12 1/4" W x 43" H,
Japanese Scroll

$180

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Unconditional Love

Unconditional Love in Japanese is 無条件愛 which is read mujouken ai.

This beautiful work of art is a perfect wedding or paper (first) anniversary gift and is a visual testament to the one you love unconditionally.

The Japanese phrase mujouken ai meaning "Unconditional Love" is composed of the words 無条件 (read mujouken) meaning "unconditional" and (read ai) meaning "love".

These original designs by Master Takase are available unframed in the three sizes: 8 x 12″ (20 x 30 cm), 12 x 18″ (30 x 45 cm); and 15 x 22″ (38 x 55 cm). We would also be happy to cut the paper to size (charging the original paper size) should you need a smaller size.

Each work is personally hand-brushed and signed by Master Takase at the time of your order. The art is on special hand-made Japanese paper that we import directly from the papermaker in Kochi, Japan and is perfect for Western-style framing. We do encourage our clients to order the art unframed and have it framed locally.

We also offer one framed option that is 16 x 20″ (40 x 50 cm); with a black metal frame and double mat (black inner, white outer) and appears just like the images shown here. Framed art arrives ready to display.

Japanese Scrolls, called kakemono, are beautiful works of art hand-lettered by Master Japanese Calligrapher Eri Takase. Each scroll is a unique work of art individually created when your order is placed and is created and shipped within 1-3 days. The scrolls are made of all Japanese materials including Japanese paper and high-quality silk borders. They arrive ready to hang and are designed to last generations. Japanese Scrolls are available in two sizes: The medium scroll is 12 1/4 W x 43″ H (31 x 109 cm); and the large is 18″ W x 72″ H (45 x 182 cm).