Seishintouitsu – Concentration of Mind – This article describes seishintouitsu as a common theme in Japanese arts including Martial Arts, Calligraphy and the Tea Ceremony.

The Japanese Writing System – in progress

Traditional Japanese Calligraphy by Eri Takase – This article gives an introduction to what is involved in competing in Japanese national Calligraphy competitions and shows three pieces of Master Takase’s award winning art.

Hiroyuki Fukunishi Japanese Papermaker – We spent a weekend with papermaker and National Living Treasure, Mr. Hiroyuki Fukunishi. He showed us his papermaking process and here we share the photos along with a few of his tips.

The Diplomas of Ryoma Elementary School – Every year Mr. Fukunishi teaches the sixth graders of Ryoma Elementary School in Yoshino, Japan to make their own diplomas. As befitting an important papermaking area, the students make their diplomas starting in the Kozo field. We are pleased that we were able to participate and document in detail how handmade paper is made.


Anime Reign Interview – This is from a 2014 interview with Anime Reign. One of the coolest things to come out of this interview was we showed a secret ninjutsu waza makimono for the first time ever!

California Reiki Interview – In this interview Eri talks about what it takes to make some of the large competitive pieces. Topics discussed are focusing one’s kitanden, and being able to see and manipulate the art before it is created.

Photoshop Magazine Interview – This was an interview for the Turkish edition of Photoshop Magazine where Master Takase discusses how she uses modern tools in her art and business.


Frequently Asked Questions

Glossary of Japanese Calligraphy Terms

Learn Japanese Calligraphy

Names in Japanese

How to Write Names in Japanese

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Takase Studios Custom Design Process – Here we describe the process we use to create your perfect Japanese calligraphy design. Whether for Custom Japanese Art, a Custom Japanese Scroll, or a Custom Japanese Tattoo Design, we work closely with you to create a work of art that is exactly to your taste.