This is not a Print! This custom "Karate" calligraphy art scroll hanging is hand-painted by our talented disabled artist.
About 'Karate' Japanese Kanji Calligraphy Wall Scroll Artwork
Length of Silk Scroll: 52.6" (133cm)
Width of Wooden Scroll Roller: 18.6" (47cm)
Japanese Kanji, Traditional or Simplified Chinese Characters & pinyin
The original interpretation of this word is literally, China hand. Unfortunately, due to long term regional animosities that have occurred historically over time, this was changed to mean empty hand. However, linguistically and historically, it is a reference to the fact that the art form was imported from China.
'Karate was originally written as Chinese hand in kanji. It was later changed to a homophone meaning empty hand. The original use of the word karate in print is attributed to Ankō Itosu. He wrote it with the kanji Tang Dynasty hand rather than the present usage of empty hand. The Tang Dynasty of China ended in AD 907. The kanji representing it remained in use in Okinawa as a way to refer to China generally. Thus the word karate was originally a way of expressing "Chinese hand," or "martial art from China."
Since there are no written records it is not known definitely whether the kara in karate was originally written with the character tang meaning China or the character kong meaning empty. During the time when admiration for China and things Chinese was at its height in the Ryūkyūs it was the custom to use the former character when referring to things of fine quality...
It should be noted that use of the written character is possibly linked to the origins of karate from China.
About Talented Disabled Artist Shouxing Wang
Shouxing Wang, who lives with paralysis from the waist down, is an accomplished disabled calligrapher of traditional brush calligraphy, thought of as the highest form of art and widely practiced and revered in Sinophere. Being confined to a wheelchair in a small village for decades, Shouxing has been determined to teach and establish himself as a great calligrapher.
"Initially, practicing calligraphy lifted me out of the pain of losing legs, brought me consolation and gave me courage to face various difficulties in life, and I found new hopes. Now I believe in my future and I shall work harder and promote the calligraphy art form." he said. When he was interviewed by journalists with famous media and asked what it was like to practice calligraphy these years.
Shouxing writes with a brush, ink and an inkstone (used to mix the ink) on rice paper and is versed in all the five main scripts of characters: seal script (zhuanshu), clerical script (lishu), semi-cursive or running script (xingshu), cursive or grass scrip (caoshu) and regular script (kaishu).
How to Write Karate in Calligraphy Art on Wall Scrolls
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