About me


I was born and raised in Kyoto and have lived there all my life.  I think I am thoroughly Gemini because the Sun, the Moon, Mercury and Venus are all in Gemini in my birth horoscope.

I recall beginning to go to a calligraphy school when I was about seven years old, where a distinguished master of calligraphy happened to be teaching.  Calligraphy had not been my most significant concern in various phases of life, but I continued practicing it for over sixty years.

During this period, I held four exhibitions, including my solo exhibition at the beginning of 2009. After that, I began to provide opportunities for beginners to try calligraphy.  I named this activity Yushokai, and it had its first group exhibition in July 2011, its second in June 2013, and a third in July 2015.

At present, Yushokai doesn’t have regular practice sessions, but I wish to continue spreading my teacher’s idea of “the Pleasure of calligraphy in everyday life”.

Incidentally, sometime after my teacher passed away, I chose “Chio” myself as a name for a calligrapher (pseudonym).  Unlike many other teachers in traditional subjects, he used to tell us, his students, that we could choose a pseudonym as we liked.  So, I picked mine with a letter for “cherry,” remembering a friend who was fond of cherry blossoms but passed away when he was still quite young.

If you have any requests concerning Chio’s calligraphy, please use the comment form below. Thank you very much for your interest in Chio’s calligraphy.

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