Calligraphy Competition 2016

The Calligraphy Competition is open for all students from grade 1 to year 12. This year, the theme is 山の日, Mountain Day.

山の日

Yama-no-hi, “Mountain Day” in English, is Japan’s newest public holiday. Starting in 2016, it is held on 11th August every year. Just as Japan celebrates Marine Day in July, Japan’s connection with Shinto and nature led to the creation of this new day. The new law describing Mountain Day says it is designed to share “opportunities to get familiar with mountains and appreciate blessings from mountains.” You can find out more about the day at the Japan Times: http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/05/23/national/mountain-day-created-as-newest-official-public-holiday/

Some lesson ideas are:

  • Mt Fuji and other mountains in Japan, and songs such as Fuji-no-yama
  • Young and old people climbing mountains in Japan
  • Animals that can be found in Japan’s mountains
  • Creating and reading Haiku – 5/7/5 syllables with set theme
  • Mountains in Japanese folklore, including the yokai Yama-uba

Rules for both Brush and Pencil divisions 2016

Please note that you may enter either or both pencil and brush calligraphy divisions.
Max entries: 6 entries per category per school, per division
Cost: $4.00 per entry (payable by EFT)
No illustrations: specified character/s and first name only on the page
Entry name sheet: stapled/pasted on the back of the student’s calligraphy work; found in the document at bottom of this page
Closing date: Thursday 15th September 2016
Prizes: Every entrant will receive a certificate.
The judge will award 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes in each category.
Medallions and certificates will be awarded to all prize winners.
Each 1st prize winner’s school will receive a trophy.

Brush division 2016

categoryrequired scriptnotes
Primary years 1&2mountain (yama)
Primary years 3&4day/sun (hi)
Primary years 5&6山の日Mountain Day (yama-no-hi)
Secondary years 7&8火山volcano (kazan)
Secondary years 9&10森林forest (shinrin)
Secondary years 11&12夏休みsummer holiday (natsu-yasumi)

Instructions: Please note: Calligraphy materials can be purchased at art suppliers or Japanese bookshops

Paper: hanshi is preferable. Size of hanshi is close to 24cm x 33cm (or A4) size

Brush: calligraphy brushes

Ink: bokuju is preferable (black)

Name: Entrant’s first name only is to be written vertically in brush in the bottom left-hand corner of the page. Please see the sample in the document at the bottom of this page.

Judging criteria: Balance, shape and neatness of strokes & character(s).
(Students won’t be judged by quality of paper or ink)

Please also see the common rules above.

Pencil division 2016

CategoryRequired script: only RED partsNotes
Primary years 1&2山の日の なつのおもいで わすれないCopy highlighted scripts
Primary years 3&4山の日の なつのおもいで わすれないCopy highlighted scripts
Primary years 5&6山の日の なつのおもいで わすれないCopy highlighted scripts
Secondary years 7&8山の日の なつの思い出 わすれないCopy highlighted scripts
Secondary years 9&10森の中 7 syllables 5 syllables /Student’s Name in hiragana or katakanaCreate own haiku starting with the given words. Write own name in Japanese.
Secondary years 11&127 syllables 5 syllables /Student’s Name in hiragana or katakanaCreate own haiku starting with the given words. Write own name in Japanese.

Instructions: Write with a 2B lead pencil.
Students should write in handwriting style, NOT in minchotai or gothictai (printed style).   This means sa, ki, fu and ri should not be joined.
Avoid using erasers. If it is necessary to erase something do not leave marks on the paper. Do not use liquid paper for corrections.
Tracing is not permitted.
Ask students to check their spelling and grammar before completing their final draft as the emphasis is on calligraphy, not writing content.

Judging criteria: Balance, shape and neatness of handwriting
Use the samples as a model and write the calligraphy vertically on the official entry form.
NB. Entries will only be accepted on the official entry form.

Please also see the common rules above.

Application process

  1. Fill in the appropriate online form. If you are entering both divisions, fill in both forms separately:

 

  1. Print it as a Tax Invoice for the payment (for your school)
  2. Fill in the hard copy of name sheets
  3. Attach name sheets to students’ original work
  4. Pay by Electric Fund Transfer (with remittance advice via email) to:
    Account name: Japanese Language Teachers’ Association of Victoria Inc. (or JLTAV Inc.)
    BSB: 033 034
    Account number: 61 1599
    If you are paying from your personal account, please write your school name in the reference section of EFT. Note: We are no longer accepting cheques.
  5. Post the students’ work:
    JLTAV Inc. (Pencil Calligraphy Competition)
    LPO 8157 Monash University, Clayton 3800
    or to:
    JLTAV Inc. (Brush Calligraphy Competition)
    LPO 8157 Monash University, Clayton 3800

LATE APPLICATIONS and NON MEMBER entries will not be accepted.

Forms and further information

For forms, more information and sample calligraphy, please see the following document: