Bio

Masako Inkyo began her Japanese calligraphy training at the age of three. After continuing her practice throughout middle school, high school and college, she received her Bachelor’s degree in Japanese Literature and Calligraphy at Yasuda University. Ms. Inkyo is a member of the two largest professional Shodo associations in Japan. In both she holds the highest rank, based on work she has submitted. She has earned various teaching certificates issued by the Japanese Ministry of Education and received many awards in Shodo and pen calligraphy in local and national competitions in Japan.

From 2000 to 2003, she worked under Barbara Ford, Associate Curator of Asian Art, as a translator in the Japanese department of the Metropolitan Museum in New York. She specialized in early Japanese syllabaries composed of Chinese characters used phonetically.

From 2003 to 2017, she taught Shodo at the Japan Society and from 2015 to 2017 at the Keio Academy of New York.

Masako Inkyo has achieved an extensive portfolio of artwork and design and her art has been featured in numerous exhibitions.
Please view the Art section for a selection or click here for a complete list.

Ms. Inkyo continues to undertake various design commissions.

From 2009 to 2010, she was the official Shodo artist for the car company Infiniti and also collaborated with Mikimoto America to do performances in their New York and Las Vegas branches.

In 2012 published art catalogue “Light and Shadow”, photography: Christopher Terry, Christopher Newhard and Andrew Lee, Design: Dan Ichimoto.

In 2013, 2014, and 2015, Ms. Inkyo collaborated with jazz pianist Greg McKenzie on several mixed-media Shodo and Music performances at the Park Hotel in Tokyo, Japan. In addition, she designed a hotel room (themed “One Hundred Poems”) as part of the “Artist in Hotel” program at the Park Hotel Tokyo.

In March 2015, Ms. Inkyo gave a workshop and demonstration, themed “The Tale of Genji” at Middlebury College in Vermont to celebrate their acquisition of an authentic historical Japanese folding screen (byōbu). Also in 2015, the Harrison Public Library completely renovated their building and placed a piece of Masako Inkyo’s art on permanent display in the newly refurbished premises. More recently, Masako made several Shodo designs for the newly opened Morimoto Asia Restaurant at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. Masako Inkyo’s art was featured in the book, 100 New York Calligraphers.

In February 2017 she conducted a demonstration and workshop at the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, MA.

In May 2017 she conducted a performance at an event hosted by Shiseido NY to introduce a new line of cosmetics at Urban Zen in New York City.

 

Education

Yasuda University, Hiroshima, Japan: studied under Professor Masao Inoue

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Japanese Literature and Calligraphy
  • Licenses (文科省教員免許) to teach Shodo in elementary, middle and high school and also to teach Japanese Literature in middle and high school (accredited by the Japanese Ministry of Education).

Professional Credentials

Top level teaching certificate for Shodo (毛筆書写検定) and Pen Calligraphy (硬筆書写検定) issued by the Japanese Ministry of Education.

Highest rank of Master in two of Japan’s largest professional Shodo associations, Seihitsu Kai (正筆会) and Senshin Kai (洗心会) in the subjects:

  • Kana
  • Kanji
  • Pen Calligraphy

Awards

Global Shodo Competition in the International Japanese Calligraphy Exhibition 2016, sponsored by Yasuda University:

  • Best Award in Design
  • Best Award in Kanji

Bio

Masako Inkyo began her Japanese calligraphy training at the age of three. After continuing her practice throughout middle school, high school and college, she received her Bachelor’s degree in Japanese Literature and Calligraphy at Yasuda University. Ms. Inkyo is a member of the two largest professional Shodo associations in Japan. In both she holds the highest rank, based on work she has submitted. She has earned various teaching certificates issued by the Japanese Ministry of Education and received many awards in Shodo and pen calligraphy in local and national competitions in Japan.

From 2000 to 2003, she worked under Barbara Ford, Associate Curator of Asian Art, as a translator in the Japanese department of the Metropolitan Museum in New York. She specialized in early Japanese syllabaries composed of Chinese characters used phonetically.

From 2003 to 2017, she taught Shodo at the Japan Society and from 2015 to 2017 at the Keio Academy of New York.

Masako Inkyo has achieved an extensive portfolio of artwork and design and her art has been featured in numerous exhibitions.
Please view the Art section for a selection or click here for a complete list.

Ms. Inkyo continues to undertake various design commissions.

From 2009 to 2010, she was the official Shodo artist for the car company Infiniti and also collaborated with Mikimoto America to do performances in their New York and Las Vegas branches.

In 2012 published art catalogue “Light and Shadow”, photography: Christopher Terry, Christopher Newhard and Andrew Lee, Design: Dan Ichimoto.

In 2013, 2014, and 2015, Ms. Inkyo collaborated with jazz pianist Greg McKenzie on several mixed-media Shodo and Music performances at the Park Hotel in Tokyo, Japan. In addition, she designed a hotel room (themed “One Hundred Poems”) as part of the “Artist in Hotel” program at the Park Hotel Tokyo.

In March 2015, Ms. Inkyo gave a workshop and demonstration, themed “The Tale of Genji” at Middlebury College in Vermont to celebrate their acquisition of an authentic historical Japanese folding screen (byōbu). Also in 2015, the Harrison Public Library completely renovated their building and placed a piece of Masako Inkyo’s art on permanent display in the newly refurbished premises. More recently, Masako made several Shodo designs for the newly opened Morimoto Asia Restaurant at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. Masako Inkyo’s art was featured in the book, 100 New York Calligraphers.

In February 2017 she conducted a demonstration and workshop at the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, MA.

 

Education

Yasuda University, Hiroshima, Japan: studied under Professor Masao Inoue

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Japanese Literature and Calligraphy
  • Licenses (文科省教員免許) to teach Shodo in elementary, middle and high school and also to teach Japanese Literature in middle and high school (accredited by the Japanese Ministry of Education).

Professional Credentials

Top level teaching certificate for Shodo (毛筆書写検定) and Pen Calligraphy (硬筆書写検定) issued by the Japanese Ministry of Education.

Highest rank of Master in two of Japan’s largest professional Shodo associations, Seihitsu Kai (正筆会) and Senshin Kai (洗心会) in the subjects:

  • Kana
  • Kanji
  • Pen Calligraphy

Awards

Global Shodo Competition in the International Japanese Calligraphy Exhibition 2016, sponsored by Yasuda University:

  • Best Award in Design
  • Best Award in Kanji

Bio

Masako Inkyo began her Japanese calligraphy training at the age of three. After continuing her practice throughout middle school, high school and college, she received her Bachelor’s degree in Japanese Literature and Calligraphy at Yasuda University. Ms. Inkyo is a member of the two largest professional Shodo associations in Japan. In both she holds the highest rank, based on work she has submitted. She has earned various teaching certificates issued by the Japanese Ministry of Education and received many awards in Shodo and pen calligraphy in local and national competitions in Japan.

From 2000 to 2003, she worked under Barbara Ford, Associate Curator of Asian Art, as a translator in the Japanese department of the Metropolitan Museum in New York. She specialized in early Japanese syllabaries composed of Chinese characters used phonetically.

From 2003 to 2017, she taught Shodo at the Japan Society and from 2015 to 2017 at the Keio Academy of New York.

Masako Inkyo has achieved an extensive portfolio of artwork and design and her art has been featured in numerous exhibitions.
Please view the Art section for a selection or click here for a complete list.

Ms. Inkyo continues to undertake various design commissions.

From 2009 to 2010, she was the official Shodo artist for the car company Infiniti and also collaborated with Mikimoto America to do performances in their New York and Las Vegas branches.

In 2012 published art catalogue “Light and Shadow”, photography: Christopher Terry, Christopher Newhard and Andrew Lee, Design: Dan Ichimoto.

In 2013, 2014, and 2015, Ms. Inkyo collaborated with jazz pianist Greg McKenzie on several mixed-media Shodo and Music performances at the Park Hotel in Tokyo, Japan. In addition, she designed a hotel room (themed “One Hundred Poems”) as part of the “Artist in Hotel” program at the Park Hotel Tokyo.

In March 2015, Ms. Inkyo gave a workshop and demonstration, themed “The Tale of Genji” at Middlebury College in Vermont to celebrate their acquisition of an authentic historical Japanese folding screen (byōbu). Also in 2015, the Harrison Public Library completely renovated their building and placed a piece of Masako Inkyo’s art on permanent display in the newly refurbished premises. More recently, Masako made several Shodo designs for the newly opened Morimoto Asia Restaurant at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. Masako Inkyo’s art was featured in the book, 100 New York Calligraphers.

In February 2017 she conducted a demonstration and workshop at the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, MA.

 

Education

Yasuda University, Hiroshima, Japan: studied under Professor Masao Inoue

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Japanese Literature and Calligraphy
  • Licenses (文科省教員免許) to teach Shodo in elementary, middle and high school and also to teach Japanese Literature in middle and high school (accredited by the Japanese Ministry of Education).

Professional Credentials

Top level teaching certificate for Shodo (毛筆書写検定) and Pen Calligraphy (硬筆書写検定) issued by the Japanese Ministry of Education.

Highest rank of Master in two of Japan’s largest professional Shodo associations, Seihitsu Kai (正筆会) and Senshin Kai (洗心会) in the subjects:

  • Kana
  • Kanji
  • Pen Calligraphy

Awards

Global Shodo Competition in the International Japanese Calligraphy Exhibition 2016, sponsored by Yasuda University:

  • Best Award in Design
  • Best Award in Kanji
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