Eurasian calligraphy began as a solution to writing text on the edge of a lattice frame. Writing vertically allowed adding text to sculptures without the act of reading immediately hijacking attention. Now Westerners assume the text is Chinese, Chinese dismiss it as Japanese, while the Japanese are invariably polite. At first glance the patterns are foreign, nothing to read here, the left brain lies quiet.

So here is an “Open Source” sample alphabet for anyone wishing to generate a visually fluid vertical text for haiku, manga, graffiti, graphics, etc. Also included are several instances of stringing letters together in the manner of Asian grass styles.