Kana is a collective term for all the characters used in the Japanese language —hiragana, katakana and kanji.

This show focuses on what is often considered the gentlest form of expressing kana — the art of calligraphy, which was originally developed in Japan during the 10th century and was used by Japanese poets to transcribe their works.

Comprising texts by famous poets and skilled calligraphers, including those of Toshinari Fujiwara and Sadaie Fujiwara, and works by court nobles from the Heian Period (794-1185) to the Edo Period (1603-1867), this exhibition shows off the beauty of calligraphy and focuses on displays of ancient Japanese poems; till June 10.

Nomura Art Museum; (075) 751 0374; 61, Shimokawara-cho, Nanzenji, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto; Keage Station, Tozai Line. 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. ¥700. Closed Mon. www.nomura-museum.or.jp.