Tokyo, Japan


ONNADE are old based letters of the KANA letters in Japan. ONNADE are a type of old fashioned letters.

In the past, women were not permitted to write KANJI. KANJI was originally only used by men.

After a while, women used ONNADE for writing down their emotions on a piece of paper,

for example: writing love songs. There are certain rules for writing ONNADE, it’s a beautiful expression.

I associate ONNADE with singing a song,

therefore, I tried to combine the aesthetic culture with the notation of reviving our sense of beauty.

ONNADE was a communication tool for writing poems, which appeared in “The Tale of Genji” and “The pillow book."

Referred to Kouya-gire 1st, which is

a representative model of ONNADE.

There are mainly two techniques for writing it, which are the strengths of the brushstroke and the uninterrupted lines among each character that are called Sumi-hou and Renmen.

ONNADE has only one pronunciation

for each letter.

Japanese writing was written in vertical lines. But, due to having developed the culture, each character was set apart individually and the lines have changed to horizontal ones.

“Feeling notation” is a concept of this project. Notation has originally systematic tempo rules: pitch and chord.

This new notation catches the emotion of the singer, when she/he sings stronger or weaker,

which is totally different from general notation.

Japanese character “KANA or ONNADE is originally a beautiful and feminine carved shape because of its origin. They used to express their emotions by implication. This stems from Japanese roots of expression. In diverse cultures, we tend to lose our grass roots. To look back at aesthetic history is a truly significant experience.