Japan Cultural Envoy FY2020-2021
  • Birthplace:Fukui City, Fukui Prefecture
  • Birth:January 7, 1943
  • Academic background:Graduated from Fukui Prefectural Fujishima High School

Yoshikawa Juichi studied under Ueda Sokyu, Uno Sesson, Inamura Undo and Kawasaki Kazuteru. He has won many awards, including the Keisei Award, Grand Prix at the Mainichi Shodo Exhibition and Fukui City Cultural Award, as well as Praise from the Mainichi Shodo Association. He is a member of the Mainichi Shodo Exhibition Selection Committee.
Equipped with free-thinking and excellent planning ability, he has opened up an extensive world of expression. His activities are not limited to Japan only. He has been acting energetically as a SYOING artist, performing SYOING from a helicopter on the Red Sand Desert in Dubai, U.A.E, a giant piece of calligraphy under the Eiffel Tower in Paris and a huge piece in the size of 45 meters x 15 meters in front of more than 3,000 spectators in China’s Tiananmen Square.
Furthermore, he has calligraphed the titles for “Musashi,” one of NHK’s annual historical dramas, and “Vagabond” and “Zipang,” comic books published by Kodansha, among others.

[Main activities] 
Calligraphed “Love, Amor” under the Eiffel Tower in Paris (2004)
Held an exhibition, using a helicopter, in the Red Sand Desert in Dubai, U.A.E. (2006)
Held an exhibition titled the “Manga Title Logo and the Aesthetics of Syo: Choju Jinbutsu Gisho, an adaptation from Choju Jinbutsu Giga (caricatures of frolicking birds, animals and humans)” at the Kyoto International Manga Museum. (2009)
Calligraphed on the flags messages advocated by the UN at the Tokyo Girls Collection 2015A/W. (2015)
Posted calligraphy pieces on the Maidono, a designated important cultural asset of Japan, in the Tadasu-no-mori forest in the premises of the Shimogamo Shrine, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. (2016)
Calligraphed a 25-meter long letter, “Dragon,” in the Sogen Pond Garden, a Historic Site and Special Place of Scenic Beauty, in the Tenryu-ji Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. (2016)


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