Eikanji: English and Japanese Fusion Calligraphy

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  • If you think calligraphy is beautiful, you may enjoy this modern interpretation of calligraphy by Tomomi Kunishige. She is an artist who pioneered the calligraphy style known as eikanji. The result is quite stunning!

    Tomomi Kunishige

    eikanji tomomi kunishige

    She was born in Yamaguchi Prefecture and started learning calligraphy at 6 years old. She created the calligraphy art form known as eikanji which is a combination of calligraphy in English and Japanese words of the same meaning. The term eikanji is derived from the word eigo which means English, and the word kanji which are Chinese characters also used in the Japanese language. Eikanji is also a wordplay on eekanji, which means “a good feeling” in the dialect of Kansai.

    Eikanji examples

    eikanji ai

    See if you can read both the words “love” and also “愛” in the calligraphy above. Some of her works may be hard to decipher due to her unique artistic interpretation.

    The words “thank you” in this calligraphy below is clear as a day to me. The Japanese words are ” ありがとう”.

    eikanji arigatou

    I can also clearly see the word “Peace” in here. I haven’t learn kanji so I wonder if it obviously looks like “和” to people who have learned it.

    eikanji peace

    This is the calligraphy of “笑 ” and “smile”. The calligraphy itself vaguely looks like a smiling face!

    eikanji smile

    This is a difficult one for me to read. See if you can make out what are the words are in this calligraphy before seeing the answer.

    eikanji dream

    It is actually a combination of “dream” and “夢”.

    I can’t seem to find the letter “d” in this calligraphy of ” 風” and “wind”. Is it just me?

    eikanji wind

    These are the calligraphy versions of “花 “and flower, “鳥” and bird, ” 風” and wind, and ” 月” and moon. They truly look exquisite!

    eikanji flower

    I actually think this eikanji style can be a good method for English speakers to learn kanji and vice versa! She should produce a book for people who want to learn kanji the easy way through eikanji. If she does so, I will actually buy one if the price is reasonable since we all know how difficult it is to learn kanji! Would you?

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