The Japanese calligraphy (Shodo), is considered an art and a discipline very difficult to perfect and is taught as a subject to Japanese children during their primary education.
Calligraphy comes from China, and practiced the ancient custom, with a brush, an ink where ink is prepared, paperweights and a sheet of rice paper.
Practice Shodo Japanese character writing hiragana and katakana, and kanji characters derived from Chinese writing. Currently there are masters in this art calligraphers who are hired for the drafting of important documents.
It requires great precision and grace by the calligrapher, each kanji character should be written according to a specific stroke order, which increases the required discipline to those who practice this art.