Hiragana (平仮名, ひらがな) is a Japanese syllabary, one basic component of the Japanese writing system, along with katakana, kanji, and in some cases rōmaji (the Latin-script alphabet). It is a phonetic lettering system. The word hiragana means “smooth kana” more about Hiragana  

Shodo Ink Brushes

The following video is a chance to learn about all the different and various brushes made by skilled artisans all over Japan (mostly in Kumano Hiroshima), how they are made, the materials and their particular effect. The Japanology video below: Kumano cho is the capital of brushes, and produces 80% of the brushes made in…