|Yamaoka also teaches this class in Osaka.|
|In his studio, Honda displays some of the large, colorful calligraphic works that have won him worldwide recognition. In the 1980’s, he spent three years leading mineral surveys in the deserts of Saudi Arabia, and when he returned to Japan, he says, “The beauty of the sand dunes and the calligraphy combined together in myself.”|
|Taisho Eguchi, master of traditional Japanese calligraphy, demonstrates the rapid, flowing motions of Japanese calligraphy with a fude, or brush|
|Yuriko Koike, who has served as Japan’s minister of defense, credits her father’s work in the oil business with her decision to attend the American University in Cairo.|
“They are very cute, right?” says Yuriko Koike, who served as Japan’s environment minister from 2004 to 2006 and defense minister in 2007. She currently directs public relations for the Liberal Democratic party, and some believe she could one day become Japan’s first female prime minister.
|Koichi Yamaoka, who took early retirement to devote himself to calligraphy instruction, offers guidance to students Tomoko Fujii and Keiko Narita. “When I teach Arabic calligraphy, I explain the background of the culture,” he says.|
- Traditional Calligraphy & Modern Art (islamic-arts.org)
- Calligraphy in Islamic art – beyond pen and paper (islamic-arts.org)