First New Year Calligraphy 2014

First New Year Calligraphy
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Tokyo, Japan – Hundreds of calligraphers brush words during an annual convention of New Year’s Kakizome at Tokyo’s Nippon Budokan martial arts hall on Sunday, January 5, 2014. Kakizome, or the New Year’s first calligraphy writing, is one of the firsts Japanese are serious about. (Photo by Natsuki Sakai/AFLO)

First New Year Calligraphy
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Tokyo, Japan – Hundreds of calligraphers display their freshly-brushed works during an annual convention of New Year’s Kakizome at Tokyo’s Nippon Budokan martial arts hall on Sunday, January 5, 2014. Some 3,300 participants from grade-schoolers to grown-ups wrote auspicious words representing their respective resolutions for the new year. (Photo by Natsuki Sakai/AFLO)