Koshu Japanese Calligraphy in Clerkenwell

Koshu Calligraphy

There aren’t many opportunities to see Japanese calligraphy in London – the last exhibition I saw was Tairiku Teshima back in April. So when I heard that Akemi Lucas was having an exhibition at the Frameless Gallery on Clerkenwell Green I had to take a look. What I found was calligraphy in a tradition that goes back in a direct line to the Meiji era at the end of the nineteenth century, presented with a modern twist. Continue reading

Japanese Calligraphy with Passion

Tairiku Teshima CalligraphyIf you want to see the exhibition of Tairiku Teshima’s calligraphy at the Asia House gallery, you’d better get a move on – it’s only on for four days (why so short?) and one of them has already gone. It would be a pity to miss it – we don’t see much Japanese calligraphy in London and this is a lovely exhibition – well laid out and lit, with helpful ladies just waiting to answer any questions you might have. Continue reading

I try my hand at Japanese calligraphy

Yume by Yoko TakenamiLast week I had a go at Japanese calligraphy, courtesy of the Japan Society who arranged a fascinating introductory workshop led by Yoko Takenami. It’s a difficult art, and I don’t just mean it’s hard to master the technique (though it’s that too). It’s all the other stuff that goes along with it that makes it complicated. Continue reading