Neo-Calligraphy — Ten Chi Jin — Exhibition

Calligraphy by Setsuhi Shiraishi

Presented by JICC, Embassy of Japan

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.


After achieving mastership in calligraphy at just 22 years old, Setsuhi Shiraishi pursued her own form of calligraphy called “Neo-Calligraphy.” She has exhibited her work around the world, including exhibitions in Paris, Ginza, and Brooklyn. She had the honor of designing the “Enjin” ring concept for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Japanese team jersey, and created an installation for the 2015 Japanese pavilion at the Expo Milano. She also collaborates with many other artists, including accessory designer RYONA and musicians Adam Unsworth and Jiang Ziao-Qing.

Ms. Shiraishi is based in Omotesando, Tokyo, where she holds regular calligraphy lessons at her salon in the art space and café, Sakaiki.

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