Art Calligraphy Artist  ーWakako Kitadaー 

I was born in Rumoi City, Hokkaido, Japan. After I graduated from high school, I went to the U.S. to study English. Then, I worked at Foreign Airlines for about 8 years. 

In the Japanese language, we use Kanji, Hiragana and Katakana. There are three steps to writing Kanji correctly: start, stroke, and stop. There are two ways to to make the strokes. One method is called “Harai.” With this method, you start, stroke, then stop. Another method for writing Kanji is called “Hane.” With this method, you start, stroke, then jump. 

We start learning how to write Kanji like this when we enter elementary school. We are told to write Kanji like the model shows. If we write Kanji incorrectly, we are corrected by our teacher. 

Like writing words, the rules are implanted in our minds. There are things we must do and things we must not do. Those rules cause a lot of problems not only in our human relations but also in our lives. These rules cause people to sometimes have a hard time expressing their feelings to others. They also make it hard for one to recognize oneself as well as others. We often limit our possibilities because we are too afraid to give new things a try. Although human beings are creatures of emotion, a lot of them don’t know about their true feelings, how they want to live, what they like, or what they want to do. In Japanese modern society, I think there are many people who don’t know themselves and don't understand others. Accordingly, there are a lot of bullies at school. Suicides among young children and child abuse have increased. This is a serious social problem in Japan now. 

In 2013, I found a form of art calligraphy which allows me to express my feelings freely. This art calligraphy is completely different from Japanese traditional calligraphy. There are no rules on how to write. There is no right or wrong. I write what I want to write. Everything is free! I was really surprised when I tried this free style calligraphy for the first time. I only knew traditional calligraphy which I learned at school. I was absorbed in it as soon as I had started it. 

The more I write, the more my mind becomes free. This art calligraphy brought about great changes in my mind. Through this I could love, recognize and forgive myself. I could accepted differences in others as well. The more I write, the more I’m filled with gratitude . 

Through my art calligraphy, I’d like to tell people that the most important thing is to love yourself and to live as you are. I hope that the people in the world love themselves, love others and live as they are. 

No bullies, No suicide, No child abuse! Pray for love and peace. 

~Performance~ 

Rising Sun Rock Festival 2015 in Ezo 

~Work Shop~ 

Art Calligraphy Class is held 

http://jcat-ny.com/portfolio/wakako-kitada/

contact address: waka@nagomi.me

 

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