Favorite Kanji for Calligraphy

Hey everyone! I’m currently going to a weekly Japanese calligraphy class, and each time the teacher asks me what kanji or series of kanji I want to focus on that particular session. I’ve gone through nearby town names and other basic ones, but what are your favorites/recommendations? I’m also using these sessions to learn new and difficult kanji (the repetition really helps) so don’t hold back even if it’s complex! Thanks in advance!

Ones I’ve already worked on/attempted: 浜、中、頓、別、賢い、萌え、and various hiragana/katakana

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I did 花 and 謎 once, 夢 is also a good one; 死.

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Colors are fun! 緑、紫、青、赤、黒、白、黄色

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I rather enjoy 曜 and 火
I feel like a lot of personal expression comes out of those two when write them.

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天 is a good one coz it’s symmetrical

Is it, though?

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You can probably make it look stylish.


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薔薇 ばら Rose
憂鬱ゆううつ Melancholy, Depression

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Isn’t it?
It looks pretty symmetrical to me

In computer fonts, sure. Kanji tend not to be symmetrical in real life, mostly because of calligraphic styles.

see the strokes?


one is a long downward to the left, and the final stroke is more straight with a flat end.

I like doing 空, 風 and 心

@BigEm Also gonna sound really stalkerish but pretty sure I’m your neighbor in Hokkaido. I know those kanji well :wink: If you ever meet an ALT named Emily thats probably me… yeah no matter how I put it I sound like a stalker…

On the note of Hokkaido 札幌 and 稚内 Are also fun to write. As well as just 北海道!

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My fav kanji to do in calligraphy style are 最愛 and 習 . They’re fun to write and I like the meanings too!

I think I actually did 魔 for my final Caligraphy test back in Japan.
I’d have to look it up, I still have it.

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Pick some nice ones from a list of 熟語 or 四字熟語. That way you get interesting kanji with an interesting meaning. 如是 is a nice two-kanji one with fun meaning (it is what it is).

For a single kanji, work on your ichis, and you will be sure to impress the teacher. :roll_eyes:

But, in all seriousness, 水 is pretty wonderful. 月 is simple but great. If you want a complex kanji with deep meaning, nothing beats 無.

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is nothing. :stuck_out_tongue:

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I was waiting for someone to get my joke. :slight_smile:

So, you are saying that nothing does not beat 無?

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Try to find a stroke you want practice on. Like a kanji with a mouth radical, or lots of ichi’s.

Also kana are fun to practice in calligraphy.

Whoah! Not to sound creepy on my end too, I think we also have the same name… this is definitely going to make the prefectural orientation a lot more fun :joy:

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