I went to the 書道/Shodo, or Japanese calligraphy class today.
In Japan it is more of an art, so there isn’t one “Correct” way to do things. But, you have to practice a bit to get whatever kind of result you do want. My characters are still way too fat, and I don’t have the different endings on the strokes right. The characters that are written are also up to me, so I had fun choosing interesting kanji. Usually characters are chosen to have a good meaning or something worthy of being art, but I went with stuff like war (戦争) and ship’s hold(船倉), which are pronounced the same: sensou, box-garden(箱庭) and other really random kanji words.
But, 馬鹿 (Baka) is idiot. So, a Japanese person looking at this would first see a couple of animal kanji, bear and horse, and then see “idiot”.
箱庭 (Hakoniwa) Box-garden
The orange text was the teacher. The spiral means “really good”