Don't try this with the Roman alphabet. Well, of course you could try, as have others, but it might be a bit boring. Especially compared to Japanese calligraphy, Shodo, which has a two-thousand year history. It was considered an art form from the very beginning. The video was filmed at the Mainichi Shodo Exhibition, which has been held annually since 1948. It starts in early July in Tokyo and moves on to the country's other major centers. The exhibition attracts 30,000 entries, half of which are selected to be put on show. It was held at the Tokyo National Art Center, which is itself an impressive work of architectural art.