Inside the Arabic Islamic Institute in Tokyo, 15 students of calligraphy raptly practice writing verses from the Qur’an. Yet when the call to prayer is heard, few stir. The instructors and students are Japanese, and only two are Muslims. Here, their calligrapher’s pens (qalam in Arabic) are not made of reeds, as is traditional in much of the Islamic world. Nor do they use the brushes (fude) favored by Japanese calligraphers. Their pens are made of bamboo, which is plentiful in Japan.
A calligraphic painting by Mayumi Kobayashi.
In his studio, Honda displays some of the large, colorful calligraphic works that have won him worldwide recognition. In the 1980’s, he spent three years leading mineral surveys in the deserts of Saudi Arabia, and when he returned to Japan, he says, “The beauty of the sand dunes and the calligraphy combined together in myself.”
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Earlier Post by Paderborne ‘sj’
- The Calligraphic Tradition in Islam – The Institute of Ismaili Studies
- Harvard University’s digitized Islamic manuscripts, maps, and published texts online for the Internet users worldwide.The catalog includes Ismaili literatures and much more…