by Milena Rampoldi, ProMosaik e.V.
A wonderful interview about a matter which is brand-new
|Born in Kyoto, Japan, lives in Zurich.
She has been working with calligraphy
and painting (Nihonga) since childhood, and has taught
calligraphy in Japan, USA,
and is presently teaching in Zurich. Numerous exhibitions
inside and outside of Japan.
Her goal in art is to achieve a unity of calligraphy
and Nihonga painting.
for ProMosaik e.V. It concerns Japanese calligraphy. We would like to thank the calligrapher Chikako Fukami-Thomsen for her time, and her excellent explanations of this so great art. To see more, visit Chikako’s website: http://www.japanese-calligraphy.net/ – Calligraphy, the key to express Japanese culture, thoughts put into ink.
Milena Rampoldi: How did you find your way to Japanese calligraphy?
Chikako Fukami-Thomsen: It was my mother’s dream that I should excel in calligraphy. Since we have had generations of calligraphy masters in my family, she decided that I must also follow in this tradition. So, as soon as I started to recognize words, I was sent to a local calligraphy teacher on a regular basis. At the age of five, I could already wield the brush. And when I entered elementary school, she made me a student under a well-known calligrapher, Fukada Hōsen, a member of the close circle of disciples around Hibino Gohō (1901 – 1975) and, by the way, the only female disciple of Gohō. Hibino Gohō is one of the most important Japanese calligraphers of this century, and he actively promoted the use and research of Japanese-style classical kana calligraphy. My apprenticeship under Fukada sensei changed my life and I have been learning from her for over forty years.