Eisai (Eiko Ishida) is a professional Japanese calligraphy artist, based in the South of England, with over 25 years’ experience.
She took up shodo (Japanese calligraphy) at the age of 7 and since then she has been working on many calligraphy pieces both in traditional, and her own original style.
Eisai was trained in the ´Seikyu Shodo kai (青邱書道会)´ calligraphy society founded in 1976 by Seikyu Yamashita.
Mr Yamashita is also President of The Japanese Calligraphy Education Society. As Eisai’s master in Japan, Mr Yamashita has been the main influence in Eisai's development as a calligraphy artist.
After 10 years of practice in the society,
Eiko was given her professional calligraphy name, "Eisai (英彩)".
Eisai has had her calligraphy displayed at many exhibitions and events in Japan and the UK.
Shodo, the Japanese name for calligraphy, means ´the way of writing´.
Calligraphy is an art form that has been studied for over three thousand years. Calligraphy is not merely an exercise in good handwriting, but rather the foremost art form of the Orient. It is the combination of the skill and imagination of the person who has studied intensely the combinations available using only lines. Shodo attempts to bring words to life, and endow them with character. Styles are highly individualistic, differing from person to person. Japanese calligraphy differs from Chinese calligraphy by the use of Hiragana (unique written language) which was developed with a more feminine and flowing style of brush strokes. Bear in mind that the characters must be written only once. There is no altering, touching up, or adding to them afterwards. So the calligrapher must be very skilled.
Eisai's calligraphy pieces are unique and would make a great gift at any special occasion for someone you love, or just for yourself. Her pieces are available for purchase through this website as interior design artwork, gifts, or tattoos.
Eisai has had her calligraphy displayed at many exhibitions and events in Japan and the UK:
| Date|| Event
|1990- 98||‘Seikyu Shodo kai’ Calligraphy Exhibitions in Osaka, Japan.
|2004||Contemporary Japanese Calligraphy Exhibition at The Allen Gallery in Alton, Hampshire
|2011 Feb||‘A Taste of Japan’ – a series of workshops held at Queen Mary’s College, Basingstoke
|2012 Apr||‘A Taste of Japan’ – a series of workshops held at The
Innovation Centre in Basingstoke
|2012 May||Farnham Youth Choir Charity Auction in Farnham
|2012 July||Calligraphy workshops held for Roche Products Ltd in Chichester, Sussex
|2012 Oct||Calligraphy workshops held for Takeda UK Ltd at Wabi Sabi
Designs in Chichester
|2013 Mar||Calligraphy workshops held for Takeda UK Ltd at South
Barns in Chichester
|2013 May || ‘A Taste of Japan’ – a series of workshops held at The Innovation Centre in Basingstoke