Tokonoma in Harakiri (Seppuku, 1962)

From Brushed in Light: Calligraphy in East Asian Cinema by Markus Nornes

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  • Figure 1.6. The tokonoma in Harakiri (Seppuku, 1962) displays a stunning bokuseki, probably written by Teshigawara Sofu. It is the character 喝, or katsu; this is the word Zen masters say—“Ka!”—when they strike a disciple caught sleeping during meditation. Note that in this modernist work, the calligraphy is perfectly centered.