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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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2015 Kanji of the Year: “An” Juxtaposes Security and UneaseNippon.com Staff

As the year draws to a close, kanji lovers turn their attention to the famous 13-meter-high wooden platform at Kyoto’s Kiyomizudera for the unveiling of the Kanji of the Year. The annual event, which is sponsored by the Japan Kanji Aptitude Testing Foundation, took place on December 15 in 2015. This was three days later than its normal date on “Kanji Day,” chosen for the homophonous wordplay as…
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“Shodō” (Japanese Calligraphy)

Practitioners of the traditional art of shodō use brush and ink to shape Japanese kanji and kana. Recently, the contemporary twist of performance in front of an audience has gained the calligraphic art new fans.
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Leaving His Mark on an Ancient Art: Arabic Calligrapher Honda Kōichi

The art of Arabic calligraphy has been honed over more than a millennium, reaching an astounding level of artistic perfection. One renowned practitioner of the art today is Honda Kōichi, who first encountered Arabic calligraphy while working in the Middle East. We interviewed Honda to learn more about the art and how he has lent it a new vitality.
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