Team USA

Team USA

NEW YORK, NY
— Team USA.

At the USOPP (United States Olympic and Paralympic Properties) ‘One Year Out’ to Tokyo 2020 Partner Reception, I created calligraphic elements and a design in black ink within the letters of the large USA logo on a 10′ by 10′ square piece of heavy duty paper, lying on the floor, to be used as a banner.

Shiseido – WASO

Shiseido – WASO

NEW YORK, NY
— Shiseido.

The theme of a product line we have introduced called WASO – a line for younger millennials consumers in fun calligraphy art created for consumers.

Vita Fede

Vita Fede

NEW YORK, NY
— Vita Fede
I did a small art event at the offices of Vita Fede in New York.  This included a small art exhibition and I decorated two columns in their office with my art work.

Shiseido Event

Shiseido Event

NEW YORK, NY
— Shiseido
This is a dinner for Shiseido’s partners at Sephora inside JC Penny.
I made some customized calligraphy paintings as a gift to the guests. Shiseido wanted their guests to experience the richness of Japanese culture through this event.

ON LOVE at Brookfield Place NY

ON LOVE at Brookfield Place NY

NEW YORK, NY
— ON LOVE — The Art of Lines, Shapes & Symbols
Until Sunday 4/29
12AM–12AM
Winter Garden
Friday 4/20, 12:30PM: Calligraphy Performance with artist Masako Inkyo
For this calligraphy performance she painted a very large artwork on the floor in a vertical direction, with the characters reading from the top to the bottom of the paper.

In keeping with the theme “On Love” I have chosen eight related words.

真心 – Sincerity
勇気 – Courage
輝 – Sparkle
生命力 – Vitality
響 – Resonance
調和 – Harmony
情熱 – Passion
愛 – Love

The United Nations

The United Nations

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Performance
Part 1
Interview2
Part 2

I had a calligraphy performance at the UN in a collaborative event with Sahoko Sato Timpone ( Mezzo-Soprano ) on Friday, June 16, at 1-3pm. This was the third event of “Peace is … ” and I selected the words “Peace is Unity “.

Part I: Waves (Blue Ink) Kana style

– Classical Japanese poem evoking images of ocean waves

Part II: Flow (Black Ink) Contemporary style

– Various kanji representing different aspects of the sea:  波 ( Wave ), 流動 ( Flow ), 風 ( Wind ),光 ( Light ), 影 ( Shadow ), 希望( Hope ),源( Origin )

Part III: Light and Wind (Gold Ink) Manyogana

– from the classical Japanese anthology of One Hundred Poems, which expresses love with metaphors relating to nature.

After the performance, guests wrote their messages of peace in their respective mother languages on Japanese “washi” paper and on stones/seashells which will be thrown onto the “paper ocean”.

I felt peace when I taught my first calligraphy class. There my student brought his grandmother, as the lesson was for her birthday. Since English was not a native language for either of us, our way of communicating was through calligraphy. She wanted to write ” love” for her grandson as a sign of appreciation. So I took her hand and guided her through the movements.

This is how I teach with unity and why it means peace to me.