Maki and Miho demonstrate how to write with a Japanese calligraphy brush. To write with a Japanese calligraphy brush, first position the paper to the left side of the brush with the ink on the right side of the paper. Rub the ink stick in the ink well with a little water. Then, soak the brush in the ink. To write Japanese characters, be sure to make the strokes in the correct order. Also, write slowly or your characters will not come out well. Use a long, flat paperweight to hold the paper in place. Calligraphy is an important part of Japanese culture.