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The Mochi (a pond of ink)

At the age of seven, Wang Xizhi began to exercise handwriting with Chinese writing brush. When he was seventeen, he stole the valuable calligraphy books treasured by his father to read. After reading those books Wang Xizhi continued to practice calligraphy sitting beside a pond with his writing brush. Days and months multiplying, no one knew how many brushes and ink had he used, but people found a pond of ink left by him, for the reason that every time he finished the practice Wang Xizhi washed his brush in the pond. As time went by, the pond was dyed black by Wang Xizhi’s ink, this is how the pond became a pond of ink (Mochi in Chinese) in Shaoxing, east China’s Zhejiang Province.

Editor:梁子硕

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