This Artist Preserves Ancient “Woman Hand” Writing Style

This Artist Preserves Ancient “Woman Hand” Writing Style

Book Culture

Secret message writing has always been a rich segment of the written word’s history. One Chinese folktale explains how Ming revolutionaries overthrew Mongolian rulers by smuggling messages inside of mooncakes. For nearly one-thousand-years, Japanese women were discouraged from studying the standard writing system known as Kanji, and instead developed a secret script called Kana to write literature, arrange meetings, and express themselves freely within the restrictive lifestyles of royal courts.     According to The Guardian, language standardizations at the beginning of the 20th century saw ninety-percent of Kana’s five-hundred-fifty characters die out. However, these lost characters are being preserved …