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Clerical script (隷書, れいしょ, reisho)

Mini2:c11_clerical_script.jpg"Clerical script : | Tranquil and somewhat nostalgic shape of the character 雨 in mature clerical script (八分隷, はっぷんれい, happunrei). It perfectly depicts the atmosphere and the mood of a rainy day. "

Also known as official script, it was a prevailing writing style during the Han dynasty (漢朝, 206 B.C. – 220 A.D.). Recent archeological discoveries of bamboo slips (木簡, mokkan) prove that reisho already began to emerge during the Warring States period (戰國時代, 475 – 221 B.C.), long before the unification of China in 221 B.C. under the Qin dynasty (秦朝, 221 to 206 BC). Reisho is considered to be the easiest calligraphy style to learn out of the five core styles. Due to its high readability yet somewhat antique aesthetics, reisho is widely used nowadays in personal seal making, advertising, designing company logos, newspaper headings or even restaurant names (aside traditional calligraphy, naturally). Please also refer to the clerical script section on our website to read about it in greater detail.

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