First working as a social worker, Taro FUKUSHIKA discovered calligraphy after meeting an hospitalized patient. He then became a street calligrapher before organizing performances in front of audiences. He is known for improvising his own creations while always writing inspirational words on them. Besides calligraphy, this artist has tried his hands at many fields. He's published an art book, has run a café as well as a company, and has made several appearances in movies. He’s also extended his activity to various media like radio or TV.
This year, he will come to the festival to present you his work at the WABI SABI area alongside many craftsmen eager to show you the wealth of Japanese folklore!
A word on the art of calligraphy
Calligraphy appeared in Japan more than 1200 years ago. This art consists in expressing letters estheticism as well as the meaning of words with a paintbrush and India ink. Calligraphers traditionally paint on washi, which is a type of hand-crafted paper that has been produced in Japan since the 7th century. However, we can now encounter a wide range of calligraphic expressions: some artists mix this art with digital technology, use paint instead of ink, or draw on various materials such as fabrics, wood, leather or glass.