CELEBRATING OUR 65th ANNIVERSARY 1950-2015
The Japan Calligraphy Education Society was founded in 1950 by two of the most renowned calligraphers of the Showa Era: Saishu Onoue (1876-1957) and Saisui Ishibashi, Ph.D. (1896-1993). In those days, the Japanese educational system was dealing with the chaotic aftermath of WWII. Calligraphy was abolished from mandatory education, and its study fell into decline.
PROMOTING TRADITIONAL CALLIGRAPHY EDUCATION
Aiming at reviving calligraphy in Japan, Ishibashi invited Onoue to together establish the Japan Calligraphy Education Society to promote traditional calligraphy education beyond school, setting forth its principles: Gaku – Learning, Gei – Artistry, and Dou – Discipline.
OFFERING DIVERSE LEARNIND STYLES TO MEET YOUR NEEDS.
Since its inception, The Japan Calligraphy Education Society has devoted its efforts to the promotion and study of calligraphy. The publication of the Society’s monthly magazine, Fuji, forms a core of its activity. Currently, tens-of-thousands of people of a wide age range are studying calligraphy using Fuji, and are challenging themselves to attain Dan/Kyu (the proficiency level issued by the Japan Calligraphy Education Society). Fuji is also selected and used by our 2,000 teaching partners throughout Japan and overseas.
We also offer correspondence courses approved by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, For correspondence courses application and enquiry linkrun Shogakuin Schools in six locations across the country.
Teaching accreditation is granted to those who have successfully passed the Society’s examination.
EXHIBITIONS PROVIDING AN IDEAL OPPORTUNITY TO PRESENT YOUR WORKS.
A series of exhibitions are being organized by the Japan Calligraphy Education Society to provide an ideal opportunity for calligraphers, artists and students alike to present their works and compete with each other. Many prestigious awards, including the Prime Minister's Award and the Minister of Education Award, have been bestowed to the most exceptional pieces.
About the Founder
Keijuro Ishibashi (Saisui)
Keijuro Ishibashi (Saisui) (1896 - 1993) was born in Fukuoka Prefecture. He earned doctorate degree from Hiroshima University. He studied calligraphy under Kennan Nishikawa and Tenrai Hidai. Ishibashi taught at Tokyo Fine Arts School (currently Tokyo University of the Arts) and Army Cadet School. He was a Professor at Niigata University and Professor Emeritus of Nishogakusha Univiersity.
Saisui Ishibashi as a Calligrapher
Ishibashi promoted the study of calligraphy based on classics. He also created “Shinwayo” style (incorporating both the Chinese characters and the Japanese Kana characters) He practiced and promoted copying Buddhist sutra and executed 8336 scrolls during his lifetime. His life was devoted to promoting and teaching the art of calligraphy as well as to execute it and explore its artistic domain.