Shodo – The Way Of Calligraphy

 Taking up the brush
Simply for the joy of it,
Writings on and on,
Leaving behind
Long lines of dancing letters.


Shotei Ibata is a Japanese calligrapher and performance artist living in Kyoto, Japan. He is perhaps best known for his public demonstrations of Japanese calligraphy using a huge (up to 6 feet long) brush. He is also notable for his work, “to move calligraphy deeper into the modern world of art.”: Japanese calligraphy is usually a very private activity, but he would work in front of large audiences, holding many performances in a variety of countries around the world. 

I am grateful for the time I spent with this artist. 

Brush with Silence

Brush with Silence

Zen calligraphy

Zen calligraph