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Cultural Demonstration: Calligraphy

Photo by Jonathan Ley

Kihachiro Nishiura, Garden’s long time art and culture partner, will present a calligraphy demonstration. The demonstration will be organized in three major parts. First, he will explain the origin, history, and significance or purpose of Calligraphy and will demonstrate the fundamental styles of it. Second, he will give a Kana demonstration, and lastly he will demonstrate big Zen style calligraphy.  After the demo, you can ask him to write your name in Kanji characters!

About the Artist

Kihachiro Nishiura was born in 1970 in Tokyo to a highly acclaimed ceramics family that has produced Nishiura-yaki style porcelain since 1806. He remains devoted to continuing the mission of his ancestors through his practice of calligraphy, flower arrangement, and spatial installation art.

He recently established his own school of cultural arts, Nishiura Style. Nishiura Style is a school of teaching based on his unique philosophy of nature influenced by Eki, the traditional philosophy of the universe. Since 2004, he has been exhibiting and demonstrating his calligraphy, incense ceremonies, flower arrangements, and art installations in Japan, the United States, and Europe.