Japanese calligraphy, or shodo, has a long history and is widely practiced by the Japanese people from a young age. It takes on many forms, including kaiso, with strong, clear strokes; gyousho, with its semi-cursive style; and sousho, a flowing, stylized cursive art form.
Stemming from her interest in calligraphy as a child, Setsuhi Shiraishi became a calligraphy master at 22 years old. Through her work, she developed her own unique style of expressing herself with a contemporary twist: “Neo-Calligraphy.” Using a combination of traditional Japanese calligraphy with musical performance and other fine arts, such as fashion and jewelry, Ms. Shiraishi’s Neo-Calligraphy expands the horizons of Japanese calligraphy and offers a fresh, vibrant perspective on the role of ink in a digital environment.
Through her Neo-Calligraphy, Ms. Shiraishi hopes to introduce people around the world to both traditional and modern Japanese ink brush painting, connecting them through nature and a soulful appreciation of being present in a demanding world.
This exhibition is free and open to the public. The exhibition will run from September 16 until October 13 and will be open to the public during regular JICC hours, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The JICC will be closed on October 10 in observance of Columbus Day (US) and Physical Education Day (JP).