Shodō: The Art of Calligraphy

Calligraphy began as a means of transcribing kanji—characters imported from China—using ink and brush. Today, shodō has evolved into an art form that not only conveys information but also serves as an eloquent medium of personal expression.

A Life of Prayer: Kanazawa Shōko (Video)

Kanazawa Shōko is a woman with Down syndrome. She is also an acclaimed calligraphy artist and held a major solo exhibition at the Ueno Royal Museum from September 23 to 30. Her works have been shown at over 280 locations since her professional debut 12 years ago at age 20, and they have attracted over a million visitors.
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A Room of Her Own: Kanazawa Shōko (Video)

A video look at the daily life of calligrapher Kanazawa Shōko, who has moved out of the family home and now lives by herself in a residential section of Tokyo.
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At Home With Calligrapher Kanazawa Shōko: Down Syndrome and Independence

Kanazawa Shōko is an acclaimed calligraphy artist with Down syndrome. At the age of 30 she moved into an apartment to live alone—another feat that most people would consider impossible for someone with her disability. We take a peek at her daily life in a residential district of Tokyo.
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Strokes of Purity: Kanazawa Shōko (Video)

Renowned calligrapher Kanazawa Shōko visited the Nippon.com office in Tokyo in autumn 2016 to write the character 光 (hikari, light).
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Kanazawa Shōko: Woman with Down Syndrome Becomes Top CalligrapherKatō Chiaki

Kanazawa Shōko was born with Down syndrome but is today one of Japan’s most acclaimed calligraphy artists. The love and warmth with which she was raised have helped to turn the tears of her childhood into the applause and adulation of fans worldwide.
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