Japanese Calligraphy Art - Poem by Fujiwara no Kiyotada - Japanese Calligraphy by Eri Takase
Poem by Heian Period Poet Fujiwara no Kiyotada
Unframed 20″W x 16″H. On sale for $125.

Japanese Calligraphy, or Shodo (書道 shodou), is the art of Japanese writing. Japanese Calligraphy distinguished itself from Chinese Calligraphy in the Heian period (794 to 1185 AD) with the addition of kana. That is, Chinese Calligraphy only uses Chinese characters and modern Japanese Calligraphy uses Chinese Characters called kanji and the two syllabaries hiragana and katakana. Because of kana, Japanese Calligraphy Art has a distinct look. And in the hands of a Master Japanese Calligrapher, the art is sublime.

To be precise, there is a third syllabary called hentaigana that was used in the Heian period. It is a “strange” syllabary in that it is a mix of kanji and an early form of hiragana. A beautiful example is shown on the right. And this is one example of the many works of art we have for sale in the Takase Studios Specials area.

As you view the Japanese Calligraphy Art here, remember each piece is original and personally created by Master Takase. We do not sell prints.

Custom Japanese Calligraphy

Welcome to Takase Studios. This website features the art of Master Japanese Calligrapher Eri Takase. Master Takase’s work has sold all over the world as custom art for individuals, on commercial products, in books, magazines, and in film. Her style of traditional Japanese calligraphy has been described as refined and cultured. After a lifetime study of traditional calligraphy in Japan, Master Takase has devoted herself to adapting the art of Japanese Calligraphy to new mediums and methods and the results are breathtaking.

Japanese Calligraphy Demonstration by Master Japanese Calligrapher Eri Takase

In 1989, Master Eri Takase was awarded the highest rank in Japanese Calligraphy, of Shihan. As a member of Japan’s most prestigious calligraphic society, the Bokuteki-kai, Eri Takase is among the few to have won multiple best of category awards in national competitions and her work has been displayed in the Osaka Museum of Art. View some of her award-winning art at Traditional Japanese Calligraphy.

Master Takase’s art is respected worldwide and many praise her for not only her beautiful art but also for her courtesy and professionalism. You have probably seen Master Takase’s artwork in films, advertising, on products, in book illustrations, magazines, on music labels, in logos, on websites, and even in computer games. And Master Takase received international recognition for her calligraphy designs for TV Guide’s 60th Emmy Awards After Party and was featured on NBC’s Extra for her work.

There is so much on this website that it might seem a little daunting at first. We offer some getting started tips below, but remember if you have any questions please contact us or email Master Takase directly at Eri@Takase.com. We would love to work with you.

If you are looking for art for your home, office, or dojo or for a unique gift, try visiting Japanese Calligraphy Gift Ideas where we have a lot of ideas and beautiful art at an affordable price. We also offer many services such as seal designs, martial arts certificates, tattoo designs, commercial use designs, and more. See Japanese Calligraphy Services for a complete description of all the services we offer. And we also have a lot of information if you are interested in learning more about Japanese Calligraphy. If you are looking to learn more about Japanese Calligraphy, you might want to start with the articles in our Library.

Japanese Calligraphy Art demonstration by Master Calligrapher Eri Takase
Master Takase demonstrates brushing the character 高
Japanese Calligraphy is thought of as a performance art. This is because all the brushwork is on the paper – there is no correcting, no touching up.

Custom Japanese Calligraphy Art

When Master Takase moved to the United States in 1997 and started Takase Studios, her main goal was to make Japanese Calligraphy more approachable. Part of her plan included teaching. Another part included using Western materials that would blend better with modern decor. The one she would devote most of her time to though was working with people to create art just for them. This custom art has led to many unexpected places and to some of her most cherished designs. And to this day custom art holds a special place for us.

Japanese Tattoo Design - You are my life by Master Eri Takase
“You Are My Life”
Thank you, Britt and Mayumi for sharing this special picture

With custom art, you can work directly with Master Japanese Calligrapher Eri Takase and create art to fit your exact needs. From unframed and framed art to Japanese scrolls, to seal designs, martial arts certificates to commercial designs for ads and packaging – we have a lot of options for custom work. We even offer authentic and personalized Custom Japanese Calligraphy tattoo.

If you are looking for a meaningful and personal Japanese tattoo design we have written an article Get The Perfect Japanese Tattoo Design based on our years of experience that can lead you through the process. We have many designs and you may find one that is just right for you. If not, by looking at the samples, you can get a good feel for what you like and don’t like. And if you do need a completely custom design, we would love to work with you.

Whether you are looking for a special gift or artwork for your home, office, or dojo we would love to work with you. Or if you are looking for ideas, we have great suggestions at Japanese Calligraphy Gift Ideas.

If you are looking for Japanese Calligraphy to use in a commercial design like the TV Guide After Party above, visit Commercial Japanese Calligraphy for pricing and details.

Master Takase is always working with new mediums and creating new and beautiful works. To view and purchase Master Takase’s newest pieces visit Takase Studios Specials.

And we do offer a wide variety of Japanese Calligraphy Services including custom seal designs, martial art certificates, custom scrolls, and custom tattoo designs. Please take a look around, and if you have any questions or are looking for something extra special, please contact us or email Master Takase directly at Eri@Takase.com. We would love to work with you.


The Art of Master Japanese Calligrapher Eri Takase

With a Custom Japanese Calligraphy design from Takase Studios, your imagination is the limit. Work directly with Master Japanese Calligrapher Eri Takase to create a work of art that will last a lifetime.

With your custom order, you work directly with Master 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 then discuss and change as needed. These samples are all personally hand-brushed by Master Calligrapher Eri Takase to your specification.

Takase Studios has both native English and native Japanese translators so you know the translation will be absolutely correct. Further, we provide you with dictionary references and work with you until you are completely comfortable.

By working together we will create a one of a kind work of art. The process is fun and informative. And we complete most work within a few days. And we ship from the beautiful state of Washington so packages arrive quickly.

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