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“Each work in [her exhibition] Utsuroi testifies to Ms. Inkyo’s incomparable skill acquired through countless hours of practice and performances. She is a master calligrapher. Here, in this exhibition, she has arranged the beauty of her Shōdō in an open circle of interrelationships, based on an authentic spirit of enlightenment. The installation forms an ensou of sorts that reflects the openness of her artistic journey at this point in her career.”

Beth S. Gersh-Nešić

Ph.D., Director and Owner, New York Arts Exchange, LLC

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Performance

“I’m thrilled to have collaborated nationally and Internationally with Masako for many years. Her work ethics and dedication has produced some of the finest Japanese Calligraphy in modern times. I’m proud of her artistic accomplishments that will be remembered and cherished for years to come!”

Greg McKenzie

President , FingerNail Moon Inc.

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Workshop

“It was great fortune that we were able to invite internationally-known, esteemed calligrapher Inkyo sensei to Vermont. Both college students and local residents who have little exposure to Japanese culture attended her demonstration. From the moment she picked up her brush, her acute concentration mesmerized the crowd. On the other hand, during the workshop to follow, she guided first-time calligraphy students with a most relaxed demeanor. As a performer and calligraphy teacher, she is a true professional.”

Masa Takahashi

Japanese Language Faculty, Middlebury College

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Beauty of Japanese Tradition

“Ms. Inkyo is a master of Shodo, traditional Japanese Calligraphy. Japanese Calligraphy has kanji (Chinese-derived characters) and kana (syllabic Japanese scripts), and she is a master of both kanji and kana shodo. During her shodo performance, she starts by making sumi (ink) with an ink bar and an ink stone gracefully, and once when she starts writing, the brush moves smoothly and quickly. She understands the character of each brush hair and controls the brush perfectly. Her skills of writing and her knowledge of brushes make her performance perfect!”

 

Kenji Shiromoto

President & CEO, Hiroshima Artist Brush Manufacturing Co., Ltd.

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Art

“‘The truth is, hiragana really has this kind of freedom.’ It was as though this thought physically struck me in the back of the head the first time I saw the room she created. This was at the very beginning of the ‘Artist in Hotel’ project to, basically, turn hotel rooms into works of art, putting words and images directly onto their walls and ceilings. We had no idea how it would turn out and were desperately looking for artists who had the ability to undertake this challenge. It was during this time that I was brought together with Master Inkyo. She presented an innovative plan. ….”

Atsushi Ono

Hotel Manager, Park Hotel Tokyo

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