SORA believes "Shodo" can bring a meditative calm to people in this busy world full of electronic devices. She also believes that Shodo can give you power and peace.
Sora was born and raised in the small town of Usuki in Oita Prefecture, Japan. She began her Japanese Calligraphy training at the age of Six. She continued learning until she was thirteen and received many gold medal awards in city competitions.
She quit Shodo for a long time and focused on studying, working and raising 3 children. After flying all over the world as a Flight Attendant with ANA , working at a TV station as a media director and reporter , and teaching English to elementary school children in Oita, Japan, in 2014 she met Sekko Daigo, a master of Shodo living in Oregon and was inspired by her beautiful artwork to practice Shodo again. Since then she is learning under master Sekko and in May of 2017 received the Artist name " Sora " (宇宙）which means universe/sky.
After she received the beautiful and meaningful artist name from her Shodo master, her dream is to show the world the beauty of traditional Japanese art culture. Sora is expressing her feelings in her Shodo and creating Shodo art on original canvas.
Sometimes the stroke of the brush can show the lack of confidence in yourself. Concentration is very important for Shodo. It is a spiritual practice, that requires a lot of mental discipline. When She creates her Shodo Art, she puts her own spiritual power into every stroke.
She wants people in the world to know this wonderful cultural art.
- Shodo Kakizome Performance at Mary Woodward Elementry School in Tigard, Oregon
- JASO 2018 New Year Celebration " Shinnenkai"
- Shodo Performance at Zilla Sake PDX
- Shodo Performance with Sogetsu Ikebana and Musician Mitch Iimori
- Art as Refuge exhibition at Lake Oswego Art Council in Oregon
- Sora Shodo and Mitch Iimori in Concert at Salem Public Library
- Shodo Performance in 4th Annual Cherry Blossom Day at the Oregon State Capital in Salem
- "Student Art Fair" and Fundraiser at River Grove Elementry School in Lake Oswego, Oregon
- Fuji to Hood : A Japan/Portland Collaboration
- Beer Fest 22nd Toyama Cup, Japanese Speech Contest hosted by Jaso and KPMG
- Japanese Cultural week at River Grove Elementary Zen Night, collaboration with Oregon Koto kai, Musician Mitch Iimori, Tako Q powered by Takohachi
SORA's Shodo Philosophy
“SHO”, writing is human.
This has been said in Japan from long ago. “ Sho” means literally Japanese Calligraphy. But Japanese Calligraphy is not only writing but also a way of writing which uses body and heart. That is called “Shodo”. Shodo is influenced by Zen, and can be practiced as a from of meditation.
For example the Kanji character "river (kawa)", is made of 3 lines. You can express a big or small river, the speed and the depth, and so on by using Brush and Sumi ink freely.
The art you make is as unique as the person who sees it. It is possible to express powerful feelings such as delight and grief through Shodo.
“Shodo" isn’t just writing Characters, it is the art of expressing human sensitivities onto paper.
Also “Shodo” is a spatial Art like painting as well as the Time Art like dance. Rhythms, music and stage performance can be involved.
I enjoy the process of expressing my feelings into each piece drawn from the time, location, and situation I am in. I am so pleased I can share this with people who don’t even know about Japanese calligraphy. That’s why while polishing my five senses I value everyone I meet.
Shodo is not difficult; everyone can try and do it. I believe learning Shodo can bring you abundance in life.
Sora would like to show more people the beauty of Japanese “Shodo”. And above all. the importance of writing and expressing your feeling by HAND and HEART using Shodo’s Natural Materials.
宇宙 ( SORA ) の理念