Martial Arts Japanese Calligraphy

Takase Studios provides many services to meet all of your Martial Arts Japanese Calligraphy needs. For instructors, we have custom seal designs, calligraphy for Japanese logo elements, custom and stock images for your marketing materials and newsletters, dojo kun, and custom Japanese scrolls. For students, we offer full name translations for belts and certificates, gifts for your Sensei or Dojo, artwork, and even custom tattoo designs.

Japanese Martial Arts and Japanese Calligraphy are tightly connected with a tradition dating back even further than the well-known 17th-century writings of Miyamoto Musashi. We have been working with the Martial Arts community for more than a decade now creating master certificates, full names in Japanese for belts and certificates, seal designs, scrolls, calligraphy for school emblems and marketing materials, dojo kun, and even makimono with the school’s secret techniques.

Make sure you have the best. Each design is hand drawn by Master Japanese Calligrapher Eri Takase who in 1989 was awarded the rank of Shihan by Japan’s most prestigious professional calligraphic society, the Bokuteki-kai.

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Custom Seal Design

1″ square, digital only

$95

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Custom Japanese Seal Design

Personal and school seals reflect your personality and that of your school. With our custom Japanese seal design we work with you to not only create the right translation but to also capture the look and feel that you would like.

Generally, there is a lot more leeway with personal seals. These can be more individualized, especially if it is for your own use. Instructor’s seals may want to follow the school tradition which may require a certain size, style (square, oblong, round), and translation method (katakana or phonetic translations to kanji). Think of the personal seal as your signature and how you would like your signature to look.

School seals are almost always strictly formal. This means square and using tensho (seal script) fonts. They are also usually larger than an inch.

This is an order for a custom design and so you would be working directly with Eri Takase and a translator to create a unique, custom work.

We would take you through each step of the process including options for translation, fonts, and the layout. Electronic samples are shown that we can discuss and modify as needed. You will have input into each step of the process and can direct the design to the final artwork.

The final design may be ordered as a high-resolution digital image or on flat, white, acid-free paper. From either a seal may be carved or the design may be used to create a rubber stamp as is commonly available.

Martial Arts Japanese Calligraphy - Custom Master Rank Certificate by Master Eri Takase - Copyright © 2016 Takase Studios, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Custom Rank Certificate

$265

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Custom Master Rank Certificates

Work directly with Master Japanese Calligrapher Eri Takase to create a custom master certificate for your school or association.

We work with you on all aspects of the design including translation, layout, and font.

You may order the final certificate as a digital image from which you can print your own certificates, or you may order the final certificate that we would mail to you.

We also include a separate sheet that has all of the kyu and dan ranks.

The fee for the certificate is one time and you would then be able to create as many certificates as you like using this master certificate.

We only provide the Japanese calligraphy part of the certificate. Any English text you would have to do yourself or have done. Also, seal designs would need to be ordered separately.

Martial Arts Japanese Calligraphy - Custom Japanese Scrolls - Copyright © 2016 Takase Studios, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Custom Japanese Scroll

18″ W x 72″ H
Japanese Scroll

$395

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Martial Arts Japanese Scrolls

Our Japanese Scrolls are really special and we are very proud of them. We have been working with our scroll maker in Nara, Japan for more than a decade and are the only one in the United States using these special scrolls.

Scroll Options

  • 12 1/4″ W x 43″ H (31.1 cm W x 109.2 cm H)
  • 18″ W x 72″ H (45.7 cm W x 182.8 cm H)

Creating scrolls is significantly more involved than our other offerings so we wrote an entire page dedicated just to the custom design and creation process that we use for scrolls. These scrolls are both a treat to work with and a treat to see.

The scrolls have silk borders and the materials are layered so that when displayed the scroll will hang straight and not warp over time. This is important. And the paper takes the ink just right so subtle brush strokes come out just as expected. I love these scrolls.

If you are interested in ordering a custom scroll, or in simply learning more about our scrolls and the process we use, please do visit our on Custom Japanese Scrolls page.

If you would like to see more scroll options, including our non-custom scroll catalog please click the button below.

 

Japanese Framed Calligraphy - Dojo Kun - Copyright © 2016 Takase Studios, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Custom Japanese Art

16″ W x 20″ H, Framed

$360

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Custom Japanese Art

Custom Japanese Art is always a nice touch to your school or home dojo. Whether your school name, style or motto we work with you to get just the look you want.

We offer four unframed options:

  • 8″ x 12″ ( 20.3 cm x 30.5 cm)
  • 12″ x 18″ (30.5 cm x 45.7 cm)
  • 15″ x 22″ (38.1 cm x 55.9 cm)
  • 24″ x 36″ (61.0 cm x 91.4 cm)

And one framed option:

  • 16″ x 20″ (40.6 cm x 50.8 cm)
Martial Arts Japanese Calligraphy - Full Name in Japanese - Copyright © 2016 Takase Studios, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Full Name in Japanese

$15

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Full Name in Japanese

Takase Studios has been selected by several belt makers to provide full names in katakana so we have become very efficient and are able to offer this amazing price.

Out Names in Japanese Catalog is one of the best on the Internet as we include the pronunciation of the name along with the translation. This is important for international pronunciations. For example, the name “Jan” can be pronounced “jan” and “yahn”. Japanese is rendered by the pronunciation so the first would be ジャン and the latter ヤン. Very different.

All we need from you is your full name and the pronunciation. There are practical limits. The name “Pedro Pablo Ignacio Juan Francesco García y Gabaldon” would result in teeny characters and not be suitable for a belt. Smile. Typically the first and last name work best.

Martial Arts Japanese Calligraphy - Action Before Words (fugenjikkou) - Copyright © 2016 Takase Studios, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Action Before Words

不言実行
12 1/4" W x 43" H,
Japanese Scroll

$180

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Action Before Words

Action Before Words in Japanese is 不言実行 which is read fugenjikkou.

The Japanese phrase fugenjikkou translates as "Action Before Words; Actions speak louder than words; No talk, all deeds" and is a combination of the words 不言 (read fugen) meaning "Silent" and 実行 (read jikkou) meaning "Action".

Martial Arts Japanese Calligraphy - Aiki (aiki) - Copyright © 2016 Takase Studios, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Aiki

合気
8" x 12", Unframed

$85

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Aiki

Aiki in Japanese is 合気 which is read aiki.

The Japanese word aiki is composed of the kanji (read ai) meaning "join; meet" and (read ki) meaning "spirit". Aiki is a martial arts principle that focuses on the combining energy rather than the clashing of energy. One example is the principle of using an opponent's strength against them.

Martial Arts Japanese Calligraphy - Aikido (aikidou) - Copyright © 2016 Takase Studios, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Aikido

合気道
12 1/4" W x 43" H,
Japanese Scroll

$180

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Aikido

Aikido in Japanese is 合気道 which is read aikidou.

The Japanese word aikidou is composed of the kanji (read ai) meaning "join; meet", (read ki) meaning "spirit", and (read dou) meaning "the way; teachings". This version uses the archaic form of the kanji ki which is preferred by some schools. The modern form is (read ki).

Martial Arts Japanese Calligraphy - Always on the Battlefield (jouzaisenjou) - Copyright © 2016 Takase Studios, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Always on the Battlefield

常在戦場
12 1/4" W x 43" H,
Japanese Scroll

$180

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Always on the Battlefield

Always on the Battlefield in Japanese is 常在戦場 which is read jouzaisenjou.

The Japanese phrase jouzaisenjou meaning "Always on the Battlefield" is composed of the word 常在 (read jouzai) meaning "always existing" and 戦場 (read senjou) meaning "battlefield".

Martial Arts Japanese Calligraphy - Assassin (ansatsusha) - Copyright © 2016 Takase Studios, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Assassin

暗殺者
12 1/4" W x 43" H,
Japanese Scroll

$180

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Assassin

Assassin in Japanese is 暗殺者 which is read ansatsusha.

The Japanese word ansatsusha meaning "Assassin" is composed of the kanji (read an) meaning "darkness; shade", (read satsu) meaning "kill," and (read sha) meaning "person".

Martial Arts Japanese Calligraphy - Be Water My Friend (tomo yo mizu ni nare) - Copyright © 2016 Takase Studios, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Be Water My Friend

友よ水になれ
12 1/4" W x 43" H,
Japanese Scroll

$180

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Be Water My Friend

Be Water My Friend in Japanese is 友よ水になれ which is read tomo yo mizu ni nare.

This is the Japanese form of Bruce Lee’s famous quote “Be water, my friend”. It is composed of 友よ (read tomo yo) meaning friend with “yo” added for emphasis, (read mizu) meaning “water”, the grammatical element に (read ni) and 成れ (read nare) meaning “become!” and is a command form of the verb 成る (read naru) meaning “to become”. To give it some context:

Empty your mind.
Be formless, Shapeless, like water.
If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup.
You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle.
You put it in a teapot it becomes the teapot.
Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water my friend
Bruce Lee

Martial Arts Japanese Calligraphy - Black Belt (yuudansha) - Copyright © 2016 Takase Studios, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Black Belt

有段者
12 1/4" W x 43" H,
Japanese Scroll

$180

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Black Belt

Black Belt in Japanese is 有段者 which is read yuudansha.

The Japanese word yuudansha meaning "Black Belt" is composed of the kanji (read yuu) meaning "have; possess", (read dan) meaning "dan (black belt) rank", and (read sha) meaning "person".

Martial Arts Japanese Calligraphy - Book of Five Rings (gorin no sho) - Copyright © 2016 Takase Studios, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Book of Five Rings

五輪の書
12 1/4" W x 43" H,
Japanese Scroll

$180

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Book of Five Rings

Book of Five Rings in Japanese is 五輪の書 which is read gorin no sho.

The Japanese book gorin no sho translated as "Book of Five Rings" was written by Japan's preeminent swordsman Miyamoto Musashi. The book teaches the fundamentals of sword fighting and combat training. The kanji (read go) means five (read rin) means "ring", the grammatical element (read no) means "of" and (read sho) means "book; writings". Note that one also sees gorin no sho written 五輪書 without the hiragana.

Martial Arts Japanese Calligraphy - Carelessness is one's greatest enemy (yudantaiteki) - Copyright © 2016 Takase Studios, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Carelessness is one's greatest enemy

油断大敵
12 1/4" W x 43" H,
Japanese Scroll

$180

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Carelessness is one's greatest enemy

Carelessness is one's greatest enemy in Japanese is 油断大敵 which is read yudantaiteki.

This beautiful art is a practical reminder to both be prepared and to be attentive and careful. This is a perfect gift for a dojo or any place where attention to detail is all important.

The Japanese proverb yudantaiteki is a four kanji idiom meaning "Unpreparedness is one's greatest enemy; He that is too secure is not safe; Overconfidence can be dangerous" and is composed of the words 油断 (read yudan) meaning "negiligence, carelessness, inattention; unpreparedness" and 大敵 (read taiteki) meaning "great rival, powerful enemy, archenemy".

Martial Arts Japanese Calligraphy - Certain Victory (hisshou) - Copyright © 2016 Takase Studios, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Certain Victory

必勝
16" x 20", Framed

$320

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Certain Victory

Certain Victory in Japanese is 必勝 which is read hisshou.

The Japanese word hisshou is composed of the kanji (read hitsu) meaning "certain; must" and (read shou) meaning "win; Victory". Certain Victory (hisshou) is also used to describe someone that is determined to win or determined to succeed.

Martial Arts Japanese Calligraphy - Concentration (seishintouitsu) - Copyright © 2016 Takase Studios, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Concentration

精神統一
12 1/4" W x 43" H,
Japanese Scroll

$180

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Concentration

Concentration in Japanese is 精神統一 which is read seishintouitsu.

The Japanese phrase seishintouitsu means "Concentration; Focus the Spirit" and is composed of the words 精神 (read seishin) meaning "mind; spirit" and 統一 (read touitsu) meaning "gather; unify".

When in Japan I visit Zen temples for what is called Seishin Toitsu which my dictionary says means "concentration". While this definition is true, it is also unsatisfactory. By stepping through the temple gate, I am transported to a world of harmony and tranquility. The temple will be, perhaps, covered in early autumn. Around me the multi-colored leaves will fall like jewels to the dew covered ground. Here there is no male and female. There is no age. There is no social standing. It is this place and this state of mind I come to when my spirit (seishin) is gathered (toitsu), when my mind (seishin) is one (toitsu). Gone are the myriad distractions and all that remains is myself, focused and attentive on the here and now. All is equal and in harmony and this transcends all.

To read the complete article visit Seishin Toitsu by Eri Takase.

Martial Arts Japanese Calligraphy - Correct Shooting, Correct Hit (seisha seichuu) - Copyright © 2016 Takase Studios, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Correct Shooting, Correct Hit

正射正中
12 1/4" W x 43" H,
Japanese Scroll

$180

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Correct Shooting, Correct Hit

Correct Shooting, Correct Hit in Japanese is 正射正中 which is read seisha seichuu.

Seisha Seichuu (also romanized as seisha seichu) is a principle of Kyudo (kyuudou) that translates as "Correct Shooting is Correct Hitting" and it reminds us that if we focus on correct technique then the end result will take care of itself.

Martial Arts Japanese Calligraphy - Cry in the dojo - Laugh on the battlefield (doujou de naki senjou de warau) - Copyright © 2016 Takase Studios, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Cry in the dojo - Laugh on the battlefield

道場で泣き戦場で笑う
12 1/4" W x 43" H,
Japanese Scroll

$180

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Cry in the dojo - Laugh on the battlefield

Cry in the dojo - Laugh on the battlefield in Japanese is 道場で泣き戦場で笑う which is read doujou de naki senjou de warau.

This Japanese phrase doujou de naki senjou de warau means "Cry in the dojo - Laugh on the battlefield" and is composed of the kanji 道場 (read doujou) meaning "Dojo", the grammatical element (read de) meaning "in; at", 泣き (read naki) meaning "to cry", 戦場 (read senjou) meaning "battlefield", the grammatical element (read de) meaning "in; at" and 笑う (read warau) meaning "to laugh".

Martial Arts Japanese Calligraphy - Death Before Dishonor (fumeiyo yori shi) - Copyright © 2016 Takase Studios, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Death Before Dishonor

不名誉より死
12 1/4" W x 43" H,
Japanese Scroll

$180

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Death Before Dishonor

Death Before Dishonor in Japanese is 不名誉より死 which is read fumeiyo yori shi.

The Japanese phrase fumeiyo yori shi is composed of the words 不名誉 fumeiyo meaning "dishonor", より yori meaning "more than; rather than" and (read shi) meaning "death". Japanese has the verb at the end of the sentence (see the Wikipedia article Japanese Language for more information) which is why this appears to be backwards when translated word for word. With this in mind, a literal translation of the Japanese is "rather than dishonor, death".

Martial Arts Japanese Calligraphy - Desperate Fight (akusenkutou) - Copyright © 2016 Takase Studios, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Desperate Fight

悪戦苦闘
12 1/4" W x 43" H,
Japanese Scroll

$180

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Desperate Fight

Desperate Fight in Japanese is 悪戦苦闘 which is read akusenkutou.

The Japanese phrase akusenkutou meaning "Desperate Fight" and "Fighting Against Heavy Odds" is composed of the words 悪戦 (read akusen) meaning "hard fight; close contest" and 苦闘 (read kutou) meaning "agonizing".

Martial Arts Japanese Calligraphy - Do not regret what you have done (ware koto ni oite koukai sezu) - Copyright © 2016 Takase Studios, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Do not regret what you have done

我事に於て後悔せず
12 1/4" W x 43" H,
Japanese Scroll

$180

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Do not regret what you have done

Do not regret what you have done in Japanese is 我事に於て後悔せず which is read ware koto ni oite koukai sezu.

The Japanese saying ware koto ni oite koukai sezu meaning "Do not regret what you have done" is one of the 21 precepts that Miyamoto Musashi wrote just before his death. This reminds us that we cannot change what we have done, we can only change what we do or what we will do. For more information see Miyamoto Musashi - Dokkoudou.

ware koto ni oite koukai sezu is composed of the kanji (read ware) meaning "oneself", (read koto) meaning "thing; matter", に於いて (read nioite) meaning "regarding; as for", 後悔 (read koukai) meaning "regret" and せず (read sezu) meaning "without; do not.

Martial Arts Japanese Calligraphy - Do One's Very Best (isshoukenmei) - Copyright © 2016 Takase Studios, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Do One's Very Best

一生懸命
12 1/4" W x 43" H,
Japanese Scroll

$180

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Do One's Very Best

Do One's Very Best in Japanese is 一生懸命 which is read isshoukenmei.

This beautiful calligraphy art of isshoukenmei would be a great addition to any dojo, or any place where maximum effort is expected, as a reminder to always do one's best.

The four-character idiom isshoukenmei meaning "Do One's Very Best" is composed of the words 一生 (read isshou) meaning "one's whole life;the greatest of one's life" and 懸命 (read kenmei) meaning "eargerness; risk one's life".

Martial Arts Japanese Calligraphy - Dojo (doujou3) - Copyright © 2016 Takase Studios, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Dojo

道場
16" x 20", Framed

$320

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Dojo

Dojo in Japanese is 道場 which is read doujou.

Martial Arts Japanese Calligraphy - Fall Down Seven, Get Up Eight (nana korobi ya oki) - Copyright © 2016 Takase Studios, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Fall Down Seven, Get Up Eight

七転八起
12 1/4" W x 43" H,
Japanese Scroll

$180

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Fall Down Seven, Get Up Eight

Fall Down Seven, Get Up Eight in Japanese is 七転八起 which is read nana korobi ya oki.

This beautiful Japanese calligraphy is the perfect gift for that special someone in your life facing adversity or setback. This hand-brushed art is a thoughtful gift that is sure to motivate and inspire.

The Japanese phrase nana korobi ya oki meaning "Fall Down Seven, Get Up Eight" is composed of the kanji (read nana) meaning "seven", (read korobi) meaning "to fall", (read ya) meaning "eight", and (read oki) meaning "to get up". This popular Japanese phrase speaks to the importance of getting back up despite repeated failures and to keep on going despite setbacks.

In Even Monkeys Fall from Trees: The Wit and Wisdom of Japanese Proverbs (Vol 1) style= by David Galef, the author equates this with the English saying "If at first you don't succeed, try, try again".

Martial Arts Japanese Calligraphy - Fighting Spirit (toukon) - Copyright © 2016 Takase Studios, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Fighting Spirit

闘魂
16" x 20", Framed

$320

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Fighting Spirit

Fighting Spirit in Japanese is 闘魂 which is read toukon.

The Japanese word toukon meaning "Fighting Spirit" is composed of the kanji (read tou) meaning "fight" and (read kon) meaning "spirit; soul". Fighting Spirit (toukon) is used in martial arts to describe a person that is a fighter by nature. It is also used to describe one's will to fight the battles of life such as the will to fight cancer or to take on life's myriad challenges.

Martial Arts Japanese Calligraphy - Fighting Will (toushi3) - Copyright © 2016 Takase Studios, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Fighting Will

闘志
8" x 12", Unframed

$85

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Fighting Will

Fighting Will in Japanese is 闘志 which is read toushi.

The Japanese word toushi meaning "Fighting Will" is composed of the kanji (read tou) meaning "fight" and (read shi) meaning "will; resolve".

Martial Arts Japanese Calligraphy - Five Elements (chi sui ka fuu kuu) - Copyright © 2016 Takase Studios, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Five Elements

地水火風空
12 1/4" W x 43" H,
Japanese Scroll

$180

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Five Elements

Five Elements in Japanese is 地水火風空 which is read chi sui ka fuu kuu.

The Five Elements in Japanese Philosophy is called godai and refer to the five elements shown here which are 地 Ground (chi), 水 Water (mizu) (also read sui), 火 Fire (hi) (also read ka), 風 Wind (kaze) (also read fuu), and 空 Sky (sora) (also read kuu and also meaning void).

The Five Elements are most commonly known thanks to Miyamoto Musashi's The Book of Five Rings making this an excellent gift for the Miyamoto Musashi fan on your shopping list.

Martial Arts Japanese Calligraphy - Go For It (ganbatte) - Copyright © 2016 Takase Studios, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Go For It

頑張って
12 1/4" W x 43" H,
Japanese Scroll

$180

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Go For It

Go For It in Japanese is 頑張って which is read ganbatte.

This beautiful calligraphy art of ganbatte would be a great addition to any dojo, or any place where maximum effort is expected, as a reminder to always do one's best.

The Japanese phrase ganbatte meaning "Go For It" also commonly translates as "Do your best!" and is a imperative form of the verb 頑張る (read ganbaru) meaning "to persevere, to do one's best".

Martial Arts Japanese Calligraphy - Goju-ryu Karate-do (goujuuryuu karatedou) - Copyright © 2016 Takase Studios, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Goju-ryu Karate-do

剛柔流空手道
12 1/4" W x 43" H,
Japanese Scroll

$180

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Goju-ryu Karate-do

Goju-ryu Karate-do in Japanese is 剛柔流空手道 which is read goujuuryuu karatedou.

Literally gojuuryuu means "Hard-Soft Style" and is composed of the kanji (read gou) means "hard; sturdy" and (read juu) meaning "soft; supple; gentle", and (read ryuu) meaning "style".

Martial Arts Japanese Calligraphy - Iaijutsu (iaijutsu) - Copyright © 2016 Takase Studios, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Iaijutsu

居合術
12 1/4" W x 43" H,
Japanese Scroll

$180

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Iaijutsu

Iaijutsu in Japanese is 居合術 which is read iaijutsu.

iaijutsu is the Japanese Martial Art of combative quick-drawing the sword.

Martial Arts Japanese Calligraphy - Inner Strength (kiryoku) - Copyright © 2016 Takase Studios, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Inner Strength

気力
16" x 20", Framed

$320

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Inner Strength

Inner Strength in Japanese is 気力 which is read kiryoku.

This motivational work of art is the perfect gift for a beautiful reminder of "Inner Strength" and to be strong now.

The Japanese word kiryoku means "Inner Strength; Willpower" and is composed of the kanji 気力 (read ki) meaning "spirit; inner energy" and (read ryoku) meaning "strength; power." Notice that there are two ways to write the kanji ki: 気 is the newer form of 氣 however both forms are commonly seen.

Martial Arts Japanese Calligraphy - Isshinryu Karate-Do (isshinryuu karatedou) - Copyright © 2016 Takase Studios, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Isshinryu Karate-Do

一心流空手道
12 1/4" W x 43" H,
Japanese Scroll

$180

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Isshinryu Karate-Do

Isshinryu Karate-Do in Japanese is 一心流空手道 which is read isshinryuu karatedou.

Martial Arts Japanese Calligraphy - Jujitsu (juujutsu) - Copyright © 2016 Takase Studios, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Jujitsu

柔術
16" x 20", Framed

$320

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Jujitsu

Jujitsu in Japanese is 柔術 which is read juujutsu.

The Japanese word juujutsu is written in English as both "Jujitsu" and "Jujutsu" and is composed of the kanji (read juu) meaning "supple; gentle; soft" and (read jutsu) meaning "technique; skill".

Martial Arts Japanese Calligraphy - Karate - Empty Hand (karate) - Copyright © 2016 Takase Studios, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Karate - Empty Hand

空手
8" x 12", Unframed

$85

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Karate - Empty Hand

Karate - Empty Hand in Japanese is 空手 which is read karate.

There are two common ways to write "karate". This version literally translates to "Empty Hand" and is composed of the kanji (read kara) meaning "empty" and (read te) meaning "hand". "karate" can also be written 唐手 Karate - China Hand (karate) meaning "China Hand".

Martial Arts Japanese Calligraphy - Karate-Do (karatedou) - Copyright © 2016 Takase Studios, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Karate-Do

空手道
12 1/4" W x 43" H,
Japanese Scroll

$180

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Karate-Do

Karate-Do in Japanese is 空手道 which is read karatedou.

The Japanese word karatedou is literally "The Way of Karate" and consists of the word 空手 Karate - Empty Hand (karate) and the kanji (read dou) meaning "the way; teachings".

Martial Arts Japanese Calligraphy - Kempo (kenpou) - Copyright © 2016 Takase Studios, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Kempo

拳法
16" x 20", Framed

$320

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Kempo

Kempo in Japanese is 拳法 which is read kenpou.

Martial Arts Japanese Calligraphy - Kendo (kendou) - Copyright © 2016 Takase Studios, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Kendo

剣道
16" x 20", Framed

$320

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Kendo

Kendo in Japanese is 剣道 which is read kendou.

Martial Arts Japanese Calligraphy - Kyudo (kyuudou) - Copyright © 2016 Takase Studios, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Kyudo

弓道
16" x 20", Framed

$320

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Kyudo

Kyudo in Japanese is 弓道 which is read kyuudou.

The Japanese word kyuudou often written in English as "Kyudo" is "Japanese Archery" and is composed of the kanji (read kyuu) meaning "bow" (as in "bow and arrow") and (read dou) meaning "the way; teachings".

Martial Arts Japanese Calligraphy - Kill with One Blow (ikken hissatsu) - Copyright © 2016 Takase Studios, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Kill with One Blow

一拳必殺
12 1/4" W x 43" H,
Japanese Scroll

$180

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Kill with One Blow

Kill with One Blow in Japanese is 一拳必殺 which is read ikken hissatsu.

The Japanese phrase ikken hissatsu is composed of the kanji (read ichi) meaning "one", (read ken) meaning "fist", and the word 必殺 (read hissatsu) meaning "certain kill".

Kill with One Blow (ikken hissatsu) is the martial arts ideal when the objective is to kill with a single blow and is reminiscent of the sniper motto "One Shot, One Kill".

Martial Arts Japanese Calligraphy - Life Giving Sword (katsujinken) - Copyright © 2016 Takase Studios, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Life Giving Sword

活人剣
12 1/4" W x 43" H,
Japanese Scroll

$180

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Life Giving Sword

Life Giving Sword in Japanese is 活人剣 which is read katsujinken.

The Japanese phrase katsujinken means "life giving sword" and refers to the use of a sword to preserve life. In contrast the phrase Life Taking Sword (satsujinken) refers to life taking sword.

Martial Arts Japanese Calligraphy - Life in Every Breath (hakuiki hitotsu ni mo seimei ga yadori) - Copyright © 2016 Takase Studios, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Life in Every Breath

吐く息一つにも生命が宿り
12 1/4" W x 43" H,
Japanese Scroll

$180

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Life in Every Breath

Life in Every Breath in Japanese is 吐く息一つにも生命が宿り which is read hakuiki hitotsu ni mo seimei ga yadori.

The Japanese phrase hakuiki hitotsu ni mo seimei ga yadori was made popular in the movie "The Last Samurai" and this is a direct quote. The phrase is composed of the word 吐く息 (read hakuiki) meaning "one's breath", 一つ (read hitotsu) being a counter for "one". So this is "one breath". The grammatical element にも (read nimo) means "even in". So far we have the phrase hakuiki hitotsu nimo meaning "even in one breath", "in each breath" or "in every breath". The next word is 生命 (read seimei) meaning "one's life; one's existence" and (read ga) is a grammatical element specifying the previous word as the subject of the verb. The verb yadori is the present form of 宿る (read yadoru) meaning to "to dwell; to exist within".

This poetic phrase captures the idea that one's entire life can come down to a single breath. This is the perfect gift for any fan of the movie "The Last Samurai" or a student of Bushido, The Way of the Warrior.

Martial Arts Japanese Calligraphy - Life Taking Sword (satsujinken) - Copyright © 2016 Takase Studios, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Life Taking Sword

殺人剣
12 1/4" W x 43" H,
Japanese Scroll

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Life Taking Sword

Life Taking Sword in Japanese is 殺人剣 which is read satsujinken.

The Japanese phrase satsujinken means Life Taking Sword and refers to the use of a sword with the purpose of taking a life. In contrast the phrase Life Giving Sword (katsujinken) refers to the use of a sword to protect or save a life. satsujinken is composed of the kanji 殺人 (read satsujin) meaning "killer; murderer" and 剣 Sword (ken). Hence another translation may be "Killing Sword".

Note that the Japanese word satsujin is often translated as murder but this is not strictly correct as satsujin only means "kill a person" which includes murder but it also may mean killing someone evil or killing someone in defense of oneself, one's family or one's country - so it does not have the strictly negative meaning that the word "murder" has.

Martial Arts Japanese Calligraphy - Literary and Military Arts (bunburyoudou) - Copyright © 2016 Takase Studios, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Literary and Military Arts

文武両道
12 1/4" W x 43" H,
Japanese Scroll

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Literary and Military Arts

Literary and Military Arts in Japanese is 文武両道 which is read bunburyoudou.

The four-character idiom bunburyoudou signifies one who is skilled in both the "sword and the pen", that is, one who is skilled in both the martial arts and the literary arts. The archetype being Miyamoto Musashi who was Japan's greatest swordsman and also a master calligrapher. bunburyoudou is composed of the kanji (read bun) meaning "art; literature", (read bu) meaning "military; arms; chivalry", (read ryou) meaning "both; two" and (read dou) meaning "the way; teachings".

Martial Arts Japanese Calligraphy - Marine Corp (kaiheitai) - Copyright © 2016 Takase Studios, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Marine Corp

海兵隊
12 1/4" W x 43" H,
Japanese Scroll

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Marine Corp

Marine Corp in Japanese is 海兵隊 which is read kaiheitai.

Martial Arts Japanese Calligraphy - Martial Arts (budou) - Copyright © 2016 Takase Studios, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Martial Arts

武道
16" x 20", Framed

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Martial Arts

Martial Arts in Japanese is 武道 which is read budou.

The Japanese word budou means "Martial Arts, Bushido, Military Arts" and is composed of the kanji (read bu) meaning "martial, military, warrior, arms" and (read dou) meaning "the way; teachings". The Way, or dou, refers to a way of life and so Budo may be thought of as the martial way of life.

Martial Arts (budou) is commonly written in English as "Budo". It is also used as a synonym for Bushido (bushidou). For more information refer to the Wikipedia article Budo.

Martial Arts Japanese Calligraphy - Maximum Efficiency Minimum Effort (seiryoku zen'you) - Copyright © 2016 Takase Studios, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Maximum Efficiency Minimum Effort

精力善用
12 1/4" W x 43" H,
Japanese Scroll

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Maximum Efficiency Minimum Effort

Maximum Efficiency Minimum Effort in Japanese is 精力善用 which is read seiryoku zen'you.

The Japanese phrase seiryoku zen'you meaning "Maximum Efficiency Minimum Effort" was used by the founder of Judo, Jigoro Kano. seiryoku zen'you is composed of the words 精力 (read seiryoku) meaning "energy" and 善用 (read zen'you) meaning "good use".

Martial Arts Japanese Calligraphy - Miyamoto Musashi (miyamoto musashi) - Copyright © 2016 Takase Studios, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Miyamoto Musashi

宮本武蔵
12 1/4" W x 43" H,
Japanese Scroll

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Miyamoto Musashi

Miyamoto Musashi in Japanese is 宮本武蔵 which is read miyamoto musashi.

Miyamoto Musashi is Japan's preeminent swordsman and around 1645 he wrote The Book Of Five Rings which records his teachings in sword fighting and combat training strategy. As well as being a master swordsman, Miyamoto Musashi was also a renowned calligrapher.

Martial Arts Japanese Calligraphy - Mutual Benefit (jita kyouei) - Copyright © 2016 Takase Studios, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Mutual Benefit

自他共栄
12 1/4" W x 43" H,
Japanese Scroll

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Mutual Benefit

Mutual Benefit in Japanese is 自他共栄 which is read jita kyouei.

The Japanese phrase jita kyouei (commonly written in English as "Jita Kyoei") is a Judo term meaning "mutual welfare and prosperity". The phrase is composed of the words 自他 (read jita) meaning "oneself and others" and 共栄 (read kyouei) meaning "mutual prosperity". This along with 精力善用 seiryoku zen'yo meaning "maximum efficiency - minimum effort" are fundamental Judo concepts.

Martial Arts Japanese Calligraphy - One Hit Certain Kill (ichigeki hissatsu) - Copyright © 2016 Takase Studios, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

One Hit Certain Kill

一撃必殺
12 1/4" W x 43" H,
Japanese Scroll

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One Hit Certain Kill

One Hit Certain Kill in Japanese is 一撃必殺 which is read ichigeki hissatsu.

The Japanese phrase ichigeki hissatsu meaning "One Hit Certain Kill" is composed of the words 一撃 (read ichigeki) meaning "one blow; a single hit" and 必殺 (read hissatsu) meaning "certain kill". ichigeki hissatsu is the martial arts ideal when the objective is to kill with a single blow and is reminiscent of the sniper motto "One Shot, One Kill.

Martial Arts Japanese Calligraphy - Pain is Weakness Leaving the Body (itami wa karada kara nukeru yowasa) - Copyright © 2016 Takase Studios, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Pain is Weakness Leaving the Body

痛みは体抜ける弱さ
12 1/4" W x 43" H,
Japanese Scroll

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Pain is Weakness Leaving the Body

Pain is Weakness Leaving the Body in Japanese is 痛みは体抜ける弱さ which is read itami wa karada kara nukeru yowasa.

Martial Arts Japanese Calligraphy - Peaceful Warrior (wasenshi) - Copyright © 2016 Takase Studios, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Peaceful Warrior

和戦士
16" x 20", Framed

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Peaceful Warrior

Peaceful Warrior in Japanese is 和戦士 which is read wasenshi.

The Japanese kanji combination is composed of (read wa) meaning "Peace; Harmony; Japanese Style;" and 戦士 (read senshi) meaning "Warrior; Soldier; Fighter

Martial Arts Japanese Calligraphy - Real Sword (shinken3) - Copyright © 2016 Takase Studios, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Real Sword

真剣
16" x 20", Framed

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Real Sword

Real Sword in Japanese is 真剣 which is read shinken.

The Japanese word shinken means Real Sword and is composed of the kanji (read shin) meaning "True" and (read ken) meaning "Sword". shinken is commonly used in Japanese to mean "serious" or "earnest" alluding to the idea that one is using a "real sword" rather than a practice or unsharpened weapon.

Martial Arts Japanese Calligraphy - Remaining Mind (zanshin) - Copyright © 2016 Takase Studios, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Remaining Mind

残心
8" x 12", Unframed

$85

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Remaining Mind

Remaining Mind in Japanese is 残心 which is read zanshin.

zanshin is a beautiful work and a perfect gift for the Martial Artist and, in particular, for the Japanese Archery practitioner.

The Japanese word zanshin is a Martial Arts term (particularly Kyudo (Japanese Archery) ) commonly translated as "remaining mind; follow-through" and refers to a relaxed but alert state. It is composed of the kanji (read zan) meaning "remaining" and (read shin) "heart; mind; spirit".

Martial Arts Japanese Calligraphy - Ronin (rounin) - Copyright © 2016 Takase Studios, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Ronin

浪人
16" x 20", Framed

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Ronin

Ronin in Japanese is 浪人 which is read rounin.

The Japanese word rounin, written in English as Ronin, means "Masterless Samurai" and is composed of the kanji (read rou) meaning "wave; wandering" and (read nin) meaning "person" . The kanji literally means "wandering (or wave) person".

Ronin were masterless 侍 Samurai (samurai) though today the English word Ronin implies one who is independent or one that "goes their own way" in the sense of a 一匹狼 Lone Wolf (ippikiookami).

Martial Arts Japanese Calligraphy - Protect (hogo) - Copyright © 2016 Takase Studios, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Protect

保護
16" x 20", Framed

$320

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Protect

Protect in Japanese is 保護 which is read hogo.

This beautiful calligraphy of "Protect" in Japanese is the perfect gift to acknowledge the special protector in your life.

The Japanese word hogo meaning "Protect" also translates as "shelter; safegaurd; care for" and is composed of the kanji (read ho) meaning "protect" and (read go) meaning "safegaurd; protect.

Martial Arts Japanese Calligraphy - Samurai (samurai) - Copyright © 2016 Takase Studios, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Samurai


16" x 20", Framed

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Samurai

Samurai in Japanese is which is read samurai.

The Japanese word samurai is a single kanji word (read samurai) that means "to serve". The idea of the warrior whose primary focus is to serve is reminiscent of the American police motto 保護と奉仕 To Serve and Protect (hogo to houshi).

Martial Arts Japanese Calligraphy - Sanchin (sanchin) - Copyright © 2016 Takase Studios, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Sanchin

三戦
16" x 20", Framed

$320

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Sanchin

Sanchin in Japanese is 三戦 which is read sanchin.

The Japanese word sanchin is the name of a fundamental karate Form (kata). sanchin means "three battles" and is composed of the kanji (read san) meaning "three" and (read chin) (more commonly read "sen") meaning "war; battle; match".

Martial Arts Japanese Calligraphy - Semper Fi (tsune ni chuusei wo) - Copyright © 2016 Takase Studios, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Semper Fi

常に忠誠を
12 1/4" W x 43" H,
Japanese Scroll

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Semper Fi

Semper Fi in Japanese is 常に忠誠を which is read tsune ni chuusei wo.

The Japanese phrase tsune ni chuusei wo is the most common translation of the motto of the United States Marines "Semper Fi" or "Semper Fidelis". tsune ni chuusei wo means "Always Faithful" and is composed of the words 常に (read tsuneni) meaning "always", 忠誠 (read chuusei) meaning "faithful; loyal; sincere" and the grammatical element (read wo) which in this case acts effectively makes the preceding word into a verb.

Martial Arts Japanese Calligraphy - Seven Virtues of Bushido (chuugi rei makoto meiyo jin yuu gi) - Copyright © 2016 Takase Studios, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Seven Virtues of Bushido

忠義礼誠名誉仁勇義
12 1/4" W x 43" H,
Japanese Scroll

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Seven Virtues of Bushido

Seven Virtues of Bushido in Japanese is 忠義礼誠名誉仁勇義 which is read chuugi rei makoto meiyo jin yuu gi.

The Seven Virtues of Bushido summarizes the Japanese Code of Chivalry into seven ideals. The Seven Virtues of Bushido are: 忠義 Loyalty (chuugi), 礼 Respect (rei), 誠 Honesty (makoto), 名誉 Honor (meiyo), 仁 Benevolence (jin), 勇 Valor (yuu), and 義 Rectitude (gi).

Martial Arts Japanese Calligraphy - Shadow of Leaves (hagakure) - Copyright © 2016 Takase Studios, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Shadow of Leaves

葉隠
12 1/4" W x 43" H,
Japanese Scroll

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Shadow of Leaves

Shadow of Leaves in Japanese is 葉隠 which is read hagakure.

hagakure is the name of a book by Yamamoto Tsunetomo an 18th century retainer on his views of the warrior code and the role of the samurai and bushido in a time of relative peace. hagakure is composed of the kanji (read ha) meaning "leaves" and (read gakure) meaning "to hide; to conceal".

Martial Arts Japanese Calligraphy - Shito-Ryu (shitouryuu) - Copyright © 2016 Takase Studios, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Shito-Ryu

糸東流
12 1/4" W x 43" H,
Japanese Scroll

$180

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Shito-Ryu

Shito-Ryu in Japanese is 糸東流 which is read shitouryuu.

shitouryuu, commonly written as "Shito-Ryu" in English, is a Karate style developed by Kenwa Mabuni.

Martial Arts Japanese Calligraphy - Shotokan Karate-Do (shoutoukan karatedou) - Copyright © 2016 Takase Studios, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Shotokan Karate-Do

松涛館空手道
12 1/4" W x 43" H,
Japanese Scroll

$180

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Shotokan Karate-Do

Shotokan Karate-Do in Japanese is 松涛館空手道 which is read shoutoukan karatedou.

Martial Arts Japanese Calligraphy - Shukokai (shuukoukai) - Copyright © 2016 Takase Studios, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Shukokai

修交会
12 1/4" W x 43" H,
Japanese Scroll

$180

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Shukokai

Shukokai in Japanese is 修交会 which is read shuukoukai.

shuukoukai, commonly written as "Shukokai" in English, is a Karate style descendent of Shito-Ryu. shuukoukai is composed of the kanji (read shuu) meaning "study; training", (read kou) meaning "mixing", and (read kai) meaning "group, meet, association". The word 修交 shuukou means "friendship; amity".

Martial Arts Japanese Calligraphy - Shut Up and Train (damatte keiko) - Copyright © 2016 Takase Studios, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Shut Up and Train

黙って稽古
12 1/4" W x 43" H,
Japanese Scroll

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Shut Up and Train

Shut Up and Train in Japanese is 黙って稽古 which is read damatte keiko.

The Japanese phrase damatte keiko meaning "Shut Up and Train" is composed of the verb form 黙って (read damatte) meaning “to shut up and” and is from the base verb 黙る (read damaru) and 稽古 (read keiko) meaning “train”.

Martial Arts Japanese Calligraphy - Sparring (kumite) - Copyright © 2016 Takase Studios, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Sparring

組手
16" x 20", Framed

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Sparring

Sparring in Japanese is 組手 which is read kumite.

The Japanese word kumite meaning "Sparring" is composed of the kanji (read kumi) meaning "unite" and (read te) meaning "hands". kumite is Martial Arts training with an opponent.

Martial Arts Japanese Calligraphy - Spirit of Perseverance (osu no seishin) - Copyright © 2016 Takase Studios, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Spirit of Perseverance

押忍の精神
12 1/4" W x 43" H,
Japanese Scroll

$180

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Spirit of Perseverance

Spirit of Perseverance in Japanese is 押忍の精神 which is read osu no seishin.

Martial Arts Japanese Calligraphy - Strength and Honor (chikara to meiyo) - Copyright © 2016 Takase Studios, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Strength and Honor

力と名誉
12 1/4" W x 43" H,
Japanese Scroll

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Strength and Honor

Strength and Honor in Japanese is 力と名誉 which is read chikara to meiyo.

The Japanese phrase chikara to meiyo meaning "Strength and Honor" is composed of the words (read chikara) meaning "strength", the grammatical element (read to) meaning "and", and the word 名誉 (read meiyo) meaning "honor". The English phrase was made popular by the movie "Gladiator".

Martial Arts Japanese Calligraphy - Sword (ken3) - Copyright © 2016 Takase Studios, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Sword


16" x 20", Framed

$320

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Sword

Sword in Japanese is which is read ken.

Martial Arts Japanese Calligraphy - Technique (waza) - Copyright © 2016 Takase Studios, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Technique


16" x 20", Framed

$320

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Technique

Technique in Japanese is which is read waza.

Martial Arts Japanese Calligraphy - The Body and Mind are One (ken zen ichi nyo) - Copyright © 2016 Takase Studios, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

The Body and Mind are One

拳禅一如
12 1/4" W x 43" H,
Japanese Scroll

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The Body and Mind are One

The Body and Mind are One in Japanese is 拳禅一如 which is read ken zen ichi nyo.

This Japanese Martial Arts expression ken zen ichi nyo literally translates as "The Fist and Zen are One" meaning "The Body and Mind are One". ken zen ichi nyo is composed of the kanji (read ken) meaning "Fist" and represents the body, (read zen) meaning "Zen" represents the mind or spirit, and 一如 (read ichinyo) meaning "oneness".

Martial Arts Japanese Calligraphy - The Hawk with Talent Hides its Talons (nou aru taka wa tsume wo kakusu) - Copyright © 2016 Takase Studios, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

The Hawk with Talent Hides its Talons

能ある鷹は爪を隠す
12 1/4" W x 43" H,
Japanese Scroll

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The Hawk with Talent Hides its Talons

The Hawk with Talent Hides its Talons in Japanese is 能ある鷹は爪を隠す which is read nou aru taka wa tsume wo kakusu.

Jeffrey's Dictionary has the meaning as "a wise man keeps some of his talents in reserve; one shouldn't show off; the person who knows most often says least". In Even Monkeys Fall from Trees: The Wit and Wisdom of Japanese Proverbs (Vol 1) style= by David Galef the author translates this as "A clever hawk hides its claws" and equates it with the saying "He who knows most speaks least".

Martial Arts Japanese Calligraphy - The Path of Aloneness (dokkoudou) - Copyright © 2016 Takase Studios, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

The Path of Aloneness

独行道
12 1/4" W x 43" H,
Japanese Scroll

$180

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The Path of Aloneness

The Path of Aloneness in Japanese is 独行道 which is read dokkoudou.

The phrase dokkoudou meaning "The Path of Aloneness" was coined by Miyamoto Musashi as a set of 21 precepts one should follow. dokkoudou is a combination of the word 独行 (read dokkou) meaning "going alone; self-reliant" and (read dou) meaning "the way; teachings".

Martial Arts Japanese Calligraphy - There is No First Attack in Karate (karate ni sente nashi) - Copyright © 2016 Takase Studios, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

There is No First Attack in Karate

空手に先手無し
12 1/4" W x 43" H,
Japanese Scroll

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There is No First Attack in Karate

There is No First Attack in Karate in Japanese is 空手に先手無し which is read karate ni sente nashi.

The Japanese sentence karate ni sente nashi means "There is no first attack (strike) in karate" and reminds us, as Mr. Miyagi would say, "karate is defense only." This is the second rule in Niju Kun, or twenty rules, established by the founder of Shotokan Karate Gichin Funakoshi. For more information see the excellent article Karate ni Sente Nashi: What the Masters had to Say by Mark J. Tankosich.

karate ni sente nashi is composed of the kanji 空手 (read karate) meaning "Karate", the grammatical element (read ni) meaning "in", 先手 (read sente) meaning "first move; first strike" and 無し (read nashi) the verb meaning "no; without.

Martial Arts Japanese Calligraphy - To Serve and Protect (hogo to houshi) - Copyright © 2016 Takase Studios, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

To Serve and Protect

保護と奉仕
12 1/4" W x 43" H,
Japanese Scroll

$180

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To Serve and Protect

To Serve and Protect in Japanese is 保護と奉仕 which is read hogo to houshi.

The Japanese phrase hogo to houshi means "To Serve and Protect" and is the most common translation for the American Police motto "To Serve and Protect". hogo to houshi is composed of the word 保護 (read hogo) meaning “protect”, the grammatical element (read to) meaning “and”, and the word 奉仕 (read houshi) meaning “serve”.

This beautiful scroll is the perfect gift for the law enforcement professional in your life.

Martial Arts Japanese Calligraphy - True Victory is Victory Over Oneself (masakatsu agatsu) - Copyright © 2016 Takase Studios, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

True Victory is Victory Over Oneself

正勝吾勝
12 1/4" W x 43" H,
Japanese Scroll

$180

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True Victory is Victory Over Oneself

True Victory is Victory Over Oneself in Japanese is 正勝吾勝 which is read masakatsu agatsu.

The Japanese phrase masakatsu agatsu meaning "True Victory is Victory Over Oneself" was coined by Morihei Ueshiba, the founder of Aikido. The phrase is composed of the kanji (read masa) meaning "correct; true", (read katsu) meaning "victory", (read a) meaning "self" and (read gatsu) meaning "victory".

Martial Arts Japanese Calligraphy - Truth, Goodness, Beauty (shinzenbi) - Copyright © 2016 Takase Studios, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Truth, Goodness, Beauty

真善美
12 1/4" W x 43" H,
Japanese Scroll

$180

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Truth, Goodness, Beauty

Truth, Goodness, Beauty in Japanese is 真善美 which is read shinzenbi.

The Japanese phrase shinzenbi literally means "Truth, Goodness, Beauty" which are considered the three pillars of 弓道 Kyudo (kyuudou). shinzenbi is composed of (read shin) meaning "truth", (read zen) mean "virtue", and (read bi) meaning "beauty.

Martial Arts Japanese Calligraphy - Two Heavens One Style (niten ichiryuu) - Copyright © 2016 Takase Studios, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Two Heavens One Style

二天一流
12 1/4" W x 43" H,
Japanese Scroll

$180

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Two Heavens One Style

Two Heavens One Style in Japanese is 二天一流 which is read niten ichiryuu.

niten ichiryuu is a fighting style developed by Miyamoto Musashi in the 17th century that uses both the long and the short sword. niten ichiryuu literally means "Two Heavens One Style" and is composed of the kanji (read ni) meaning "two", (read ten) meaning "heaven, sky", (read ichi) meaning "one", and (read ryuu) meaning "style".

Martial Arts Japanese Calligraphy - Warrior Spirit (bushidamashii) - Copyright © 2016 Takase Studios, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Warrior Spirit

武士魂
12 1/4" W x 43" H,
Japanese Scroll

$180

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Warrior Spirit

Warrior Spirit in Japanese is 武士魂 which is read bushidamashii.

The Japanese bushidamashii combines 武士 bushi meaning Warrior and 魂 Soul (tamashii) to mean "Warrior Spirit". bushi is the same kanji as in 武士道 Way of the Warrior (bushidou) and so strongly suggests a warrior in the 侍 Samurai (samurai) tradition.

Martial Arts Japanese Calligraphy - Warrior Spirit (senshidamashii) - Copyright © 2016 Takase Studios, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Warrior Spirit

戦士魂
12 1/4" W x 43" H,
Japanese Scroll

$180

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Warrior Spirit

Warrior Spirit in Japanese is 戦士魂 which is read senshidamashii.

The Japanese senshidamashii combines 戦士 Warrior (senshi) and 魂 Soul (tamashii). senshi means "Warrior" and does not necessarily imply the 侍 Samurai (samurai) tradition.

Martial Arts Japanese Calligraphy - Warrior Training (mushashugyou) - Copyright © 2016 Takase Studios, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Warrior Training

武者修行
12 1/4" W x 43" H,
Japanese Scroll

$180

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Warrior Training

Warrior Training in Japanese is 武者修行 which is read mushashugyou.

The four-character idiom mushashugyou meaning "Warrior Training" is a Martial Arts term referring to the samurai tradition of travelling about to perfect one's skills by, for example, training at other schools. mushashugyou is composed of the words 武者 (read musha) meaning "warrior" and 修行 (read shugyou) meaning "pursuit of knowledge".

Martial Arts Japanese Calligraphy - Way of the Warrior (bushidou) - Copyright © 2016 Takase Studios, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Way of the Warrior

武士道
12 1/4" W x 43" H,
Japanese Scroll

$180

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Way of the Warrior

Way of the Warrior in Japanese is 武士道 which is read bushidou.

The Japanese word bushidou means "Way of the Warrior" which is the Japanese Code of Chivalry. It is composed of the kanji (read bu) meaning "martial, military, warrior, arms", (read shi) meaning "samurai; gentleman" and (read dou) meaning "the way; teachings".

Martial Arts Japanese Calligraphy - Win (katsu) - Copyright © 2016 Takase Studios, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Win

勝つ
16" x 20", Framed

$320

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Win

Win in Japanese is 勝つ which is read katsu.

This motivational art is the perfect gift for the driven to win person in your life. The elegant lines match the framing style making the art well suited to modern office decor.

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