Born and raised in Kyoto, and lived in Kyoto all my life. I think I am thoroughly Gemini, because the Sun, the Moon, the Mercury and the Venus are all in Gemini in my birth horoscope.
I recall it was when I was in the second year in my primary school that I began going to a calligraphy school, where a distinguished master of calligraphy happened to be teaching. However, calligraphy had never been my greatest heart in life, and I just continued practicing it without a very keen interest for more than fifty years to this day.
During this period I held four exhibitions; first, my solo exhibition at the beginning of 2009, and after that I began to provide opportunities for beginners to try calligraphy and named the activity Yushokai, and had its first exhibition in July, 2011, its second one in June 2013 and a third one in July 2015.
At present, Yushokai doesn’t have regular practice sessions but I have a great wish that I would spread my teacher’s ideal, “Pleasure of calligraphy in everyday life”, and have been writing this page and another one, “Yushokai works” where I display mainly my pieces before I began this website.
Incidentally, I put a name as a calligrapher (pseudonym), “ChiO” sometime after my teacher passed away by myself. He used to tell us, his students that we could choose a pseudonym as we liked if we wanted one. I chose mine with a letter for “cherry”, commemorating a friend who was fond of cherry blossoms but passed away when he was still quite young.
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