Hon’ami Kōetsu, calligrapher, potter, and lacquerware designer, was born into a merchant family specializing in the polishing and connoisseurship of swords. Known as one of the Three Brushes of the Kan’ei Era (1624–1643), Kōetsu began his study of calligraphy with Prince Sonchō (1552–1597), abbot of the Shōren’in temple and guardian of the Shōren’in tradition during the turbulent hundred years of the Ōnin War (1467–1568). It is from Sonchō that Kōetsu learned the courtly tradition of calligraphy, but he was also influenced by a number of individual masters, including the founder of the Shingon sect of Buddhism, Kōbō Daishi (Kūkai) (774–835), and the Song dynasty Chinese calligrapher, Zhang Jizhi (1186–1266).
- Publisher: Philadelphia Museum of Art; 1st edition (January 1, 2000)
- Language: English
- Hardcover: 220 pages
- ISBN: 087633138X
- ISBN: 978-0876331385
- Dimensions: 10.5 x 11.75 x 1.25 inches