Johnan-Sanjin's Calligraphy Kingdom

In Ancient Chinese Characters

in Japan

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CONTENTS About ancient Chinese Characters & calligraphy-----(p.12)

Pictures and illustrations of ancient Chinese Characters-----(p.13)

Books written by Johnan-Sanjin-----(p.14)

Introduction to Johnan-Sanjin (this page)-----(p.1)

Johnan-Sanjin's works (from Atelier Yuh-rin kan)

A. Calligraphy in ancient Chinese Characters 1 (this page)-----(p.1)

B. Calligraphy in ancient Chinese Characters 2-----(p.2)

C. Calligraphy in ancient Chinese Characters 3-----(p.3)

D. Calligraphy in ancient Chinese Characters 4-----(p.4)

E. Calligraphy in ancient Chinese characters 5-----(p.5)

F. Common calligraphy 1-----(p.6)

G. Common calligraphy 2-----(p.7)

H. Engraving 1-----(p.8)

I. Engraving 2-----(p.9)

J. Print-----(p.10)

K. Others-----(p.11)

Welcome!  Isn't calligraphy in ancient Chinese Characters interesting? I think it attracts many people throughout the world. Since ancient Chinese Characters have a good number of hieroglyph (pictograph), so a mere calligraphy becomes a picture. I consider that a calligraphy is a sort of picture, but it may be difficult to understand for those who don't have experience of the culture of Chinese Characters. In a calligraphy in ancient Chinese Characters, animals, plants and any other things which have been a DEAD sign in the every-day characters, becoming stiff, come to life once again. For example, horses, elephants and dragons.... they are understood by everyone at a glance.
I have been working to systematize the calligraphy in ancient Chinese Characters for many years for everyone with the same interest to understand it. Especially I have spent many days for writing dictionaries and a primer for each ancient era. Meanwhile, I have created many works, and recently, I made this site. Please enjoy 'my beasts & demons'. I have never belonged to any group, and I have done everything all alone. My dream is to have an exhibition of my own works in all the countries of the world.

Introduction to Johnan-Sanjin Born in 1947. Calligrapher, now living in Kyoto. Has never belonged to any group. Johnan-Sanjin is a pen name.

From1971, for15 years or so, exhibited at least once a year in Kyoto. In 1980, owned a gallery named "Galerie Ichi-jin(a grain of cosmic dust)" in Kyoto. Since about these times concentrated on the study of ancient Characters in calligraphy and its practice. In 1989, moved house from "Galerie Ichi-jin" to my present house and changed names to "Atelier Yuh-rin (play with one of four imaginary divine beasts, Kirin deer) kan".

In December 1997, appeared on a NHK TV program "Oshare koh-boh" as an interviewee of calligraphy in ancient Chinese Characters.

Johnan-Sanjin's works  A. Calligraphy in ancient Chinese Characters 1

A-1.Undeciphered Koh-kotsu bun No.3371

Koh-kotsu bun are the ancient Chinese Characters left on bones and tortoise carapace. This is one of the Koh-kotsu bun which hasn't been deciphered so far. It seems to depict an animal, perhaps a pig, caught in a net or thrust at by a rake-like devise with a long handle. Or,it may be a scene to raise this animal. No.3371 is the consecutive number of undeciphered Characters listed in "koh-kotsu bun hen" which is the authoritative Chinese dictionary for Koh-kotsu bun.

A-2.Kim-bun Ki-goh moji No.016

Kim-bun are the ancient Chinese Characters which are cast in a mold on bronze vessels. Koh-kotsu bun & Kim-bun are the oldest Characters (from about 3500 years ago) in China. Ki-goh moji is a mark or a kind of logotype and it is usually seen in Kim-bun. It is used like a signature of a person or a tribe. No.016 is a consecutive number of Kim-bun Ki-goh moji in "Kim-bum hen" which is the authoritative Chinese dictionary for Kim-bun.

Soldier with a pike and a shield.

A-3.Kim-bun Ki-goh moji No.519


A-4.Kim-bun Ki-goh moji No.200



Kim-bun Shiki-shi paoer 350


 kirin deer

Koh-kotsu bun 

hanging scroll 

owned by Mr. Kaoru Morita

A-7.Rei-shin(by Hoh Sen

beauty and novelty

Koh-kotsu bun frame owned by Mr.Hisao Masahashi

A-8.Yuh-gyo(from Jun-shi

When a master plays the koto (harp), even fish comes to listen to it.

Koh-kotsu bun Japanese frame owned by Ms. Taeko Kanja

A-9.Ko-gen Ko-go ancient folk song and ancient proverb(from Ko-shi gen

Koh-kotsu bun Japanese frame owned by Mr. Hiroshi Itoh

A-10.Bi-roku(by So Toh-ba

 Bi-roku wo tomo to su

 consider a deer or reindeer a friend (a seclued life in a forest in the mountain)

Koh-kotsu bun

A-11.Haku-gyo(from Shi-ki

Haku-gyo hune ni iru

A white fish junps into the boat. (a sign of a successful revolution)

Koh-kotsu bun

A-12.Kichi-jitsu Ryoh-shin

Good day

Koh-kotsu bun


owned by Mr. Hiroshi Inoue

A scene from NHK TV's "Oshare koh-boh" 2.12.1997. 


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