A Japanese calligrapher has been making calligraphic versions of the characters for Japanese children, with the hope that the children can read them as adults.
In the United States, children can use a computer to create their own kanji, the writing system for Japanese.
In Japan, calligraphists are considered scholars.
So the idea was to try to create a way for kids to learn to read their own handwriting.
“When I was a kid, there were many calligraphic arts.
It was really fun and I had a lot of fun playing with them,” Yoshihiro Nakashima, who works as a calligraviator at a calligraphymaker in Tokyo, told The Washington Times.
He says his children love the way he creates their own designs.
“My son and daughter are really into calligraphics.
They have a big interest in the way I make my calligraphical designs.
They think it is very creative.”
Nakashimas children enjoy making their own calligraphistic designs for their school, as well as creating their own manga and drawing books.
He said the main focus for him has been to teach children to use his designs for reading.
“I hope that it helps them learn how to learn, too,” Nakashiman said.