Welcome to Takase Studios featuring the Japanese Calligraphy 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. And Master Takase herself is praised not only for her beautiful art but also for her courtesy and professionalism.
As you view Master Takase’s Japanese Calligraphy art, remember each piece is original and personally created by Master Takase. We do not sell prints. Our goal is to create original, authentic Japanese Calligraphy art at an affordable price. And if you have any questions, or would like to discuss creating an original work of art, please email us at Eri@Takase.com.
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 has a distinct look. And in the hands of a Master Japanese Calligrapher, the art is sublime.
A beautiful example of Japanese Calligraphy using a cursive font is shown on the right. This particular example uses an archaic syllabary called hentaigana which was used in the Heian period. Hentai means “strange” and hentaigana is strange in that it is a mix of kanji and an early form of hiragana. If you are interested in learning more, please do check out the art as we go to great lengths to fully document each piece. In this example we include the original Japanese, the modern Japanese, the reading, the English translation, and an independent reference.
You will see that we go to great lengths to document and explain each piece. We want you to be as happy with the translation and meaning as you are with the beautiful calligraphy itself. And this example is just one of the many original works of Japanese Calligraphy art that is for sale in our Japanese Calligraphy Specials.
Custom Japanese Calligraphy
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. You can 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.
Where To Begin
There is so much on this website that it might seem a little daunting at first. We offer some getting started tips below. And 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 for a unique gift, visit Japanese Calligraphy Gift Ideas. This has lots of ideas such as anniversary, housewarming, and wedding gifts. And if you don’t see something just right for you we also offer completely Custom Japanese Calligraphy framed, unframed and as Japanese Scrolls. Here we work with you on the translation, font, and layout to make original art that is exactly what you want.
If you are a Martial Artist looking for seals, certificates, or scrolls, or even a gift for your sensei, we offer a variety of services and many scroll samples at Martial Arts Japanese Calligraphy.
If you are interested in learning more about Japanese Calligraphy, start with the articles in our Japanese Calligraphy Library.
Custom Japanese Calligraphy
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.
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.