Japanese Quote about Love Kanji Calligraphy Poster

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These kanji characters that make up this simply eloquent Japanese quote about love are pronounced ‘sou shi sou ai’ and refer to a love that’s mutual, that’s returned. It is most commonly thought of in romantic terms and is often translated as ‘mutual love.’ So much more satisfying than the unrequited sort!

The characters are written in the traditional way, vertically from right to left.

Four-character kanji compounds like this are referred to as a yojijukugo (四字熟語). There are hundreds, and they’re required study for Japanese children. They appear on school entrance exams, as well as in the conversation of well read people.

They are linguistic gems, conveying meaning compactly, colorfully and profoundly. They are often infused with references to such things as classical Chinese and Japanese literature and history and Buddhist precepts.

Brush artist Hiro created this work at his studio in Kyoto by hand. Then we scanned it for use here. Hiro’s red name stamp in the lower left corner adds a vibrant dash of color, and red also happens to be an auspicious color in Japan that is often used for weddings and other special occasions.

The bold, energetic writing style gives this artwork a dynamic sense of energy and flow.  Its simple flair and the sentiment behind it make this work a distinctive piece of wall art that’s just right for spaces with a minimalist decor, be it modern or more folk inspired.

We also offer this Japanese quote about love calligraphy art in our zazzle shop as a folded card and on various other items, so please have a look!

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