Editor’s note: Contributor Manami Goto has prepared a the following profile of calligraphy artist Toru Yashiro and arranged to publish a series of his work with English descriptions on the Hokkaido Explorer website. Today we present the first in a series of calligraphy work by Yashiro.
About the artist
Toru Yashiro, born in 1970, started shodo (calligraphy) at age 26, a bit of a late start. When he was working for restaurant, he started designing the food menu by hand. That’s how he started writing calligraphy. Later he began painting on large walls. He painted a black-and-white cherry blossom on Kappou Izakaya’s wall and he has also tried to paint calligraphy on clothing. From these experiences, he learned that “calligraphy is not writing — it is drawing.” Doing calligraphy is not his primary job — but he is trying to include calligraphy in his job. He is now working as a consultant for restaurants, a photographer and an adviser in the field of outdoor amusement. Below is the first in a series of samples of his work.
Title: 春遠からじ (Haru toh karaji)
About this work:
The “Fuyu kitari naba Haru toh karaji” comes from “If winter comes, can spring be far behind?” it is a poem which is written by Percy Bysshe Shelley from England.