Hello! I’m a writer of KARAKURIJAPAN, Mr. Karakuri. This article is about “funjin(fury)” written by Mr. Nishimoto, who is an instructor of iro-moji(colored calligraphy). It’s so cool.
What does funjin mean?
Because it’s difficult Japanese, let’s see the meaning at first. Unless you know the meaning, you can’t get image of letters. Japanese can understand it’s something with energy, but foreigners can’t.
Funjin is powerful fury.
The word shishifunjin is often used. It’s a four-character idiomatic compound, which means to deal something with power like a furiously raging lion. It’s like roaring waves. If it’s translated in English, it’s “fury of a raging lion”. Even in English it has atmosphere going forward.
Funjin is often written in calligraphy.
It is a feature of kanji(Chinese characters) that even though they are not so cool when written with pen, they suddenly become cool when written in calligraphy. Many tattoos with kanji are found all over the world. Sanskrit characters, too. Funjin is the word which has this kind of coolness.
Then how will he write it?
Watch the video at first.
How to write funjin in iro-moji(colored calligraphy)
In iro-moji, even the same letters will be different because of colors. So everyone writes in different way. How will Mr. Nishimoto write funjin?
Let’s focus on design and colors.
▲At first, he wrote it with water to make base of letters.As you can see with the video, colors move on this base. 。It’s interesting. By that time, he made design of letters, which is amazing. Because funjin has minute letters, you have to design it minutely.
▲When he put colors, funjin not only with power but also with delicacy was made. The image he had is below.
There is a four-character compound of “shishifunjin(fury of a raging lion)”,
which literally means that a raging lion make a bold dash forward furiously,
and figuratively means someone does something furiously.
Then if the lion came to me with fury,
it might have bloodshot eyes, clenched teeth like that
and high speed with so much fury.
So I expressed that atmosphere.
This is his impressing sense. So cool.
▲This is the competed work. It became beautiful when it dried. In the video, he explains it by himself.
How was it? How did you imagine funjin? Let’s write your own letters in iro-moji!
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