About Pure Shodo

Pure Shodo is an online gallery launched in 2019 to introduce a hidden gem of Japan: Japanese calligraphy. Our mission lies in delivering vibrant contemporary calligraphy to people all around the world and creating the future of it. We will deep dive into the profound world of calligraphy together with leading calligraphers. They are also extraordinary artists seeking a new horizon above this long-standing tradition. Enjoy the scent and the glint of Sumi, which purely exist within their bold contemporary art created at the forefront of our time. Pure Shodo contributes to the next generation of calligraphy.

What is Modern Japanese Calligraphy?

East Asian calligraphy began its history in ancient China 3,000 years ago. Kanji was first imported into Japan as a language system in the 5th century. Japanese was an unwritten language originally, people invented both phonogram systems of Hiragana and Katakana to adapt kanji to the spoken word. The Japanese language system had developed gradually, and it is now known as one of the most challenging languages to master.

Many outstanding calligraphers had emerged with the times. They had broken the old stereotypes of society, created new trends and became legendary. The art that reflects the era and anticipates the coming era is powerful enough to change the world.

A few calligraphers began to express abstractly before WW2. After the war, it became an art movement interacting with art informel, and Eastern beauty and philosophy influenced the Western modern art scene. However, such radical interpretations of calligraphy remained in a small circle because most Japanese calligraphers had valued preserving the tradition.

In recent years, calligraphers have come to think again about their uniqueness and what they should create now. It is more than being the "successors" to the wisdom of classics. Calligraphy has always been the art, not just the writing technique. Isn't it natural now that we broaden our horizons to the contemporary art scene like how legendary calligraphers have extended the concept of calligraphy?

Modern calligraphy is at its most significant change in history. It is also urging us to change. "Be you."

Our Team

We came together because we felt great excitement about connecting Japanese calligraphy to the world. All have IT expertise, experience in content creation, new business start-up, marketing, and international experiences. And everyone loves Japan and believes the power of art will open a new era.

YOSHISUE Mayumi

Founder
Worked at IT companies since 1995. I have extensive web production experience as a director, writer, copywriter, etc.
Living in London in 2016 and encountering the Japanese avant-garde calligraphy after coming back to Tokyo, those things changed my life entirely and made me started to this project. I am encouraged by art and artists always.

M.Sammyo

Member
After engaging in procurement and research in government development assistance (ODA), contract management, implementation promotion, new business development, etc., I became independent as an international cooperation consultant. I decided to participate in this project, thinking that art that is not trapped in the established concept may change the world.

KOBAYASHI Nobuto

Member
I have been mainly involved in web marketing and planning in the information systems department at big companies and IT solution venture companies.
In addition, I also connected with a wide range of activities on the theme of "art × business" as well as creating my art as a color pencil artist.

SHINOZAKI Daichi

Engineer
A full-stack engineer currently working on Financial Industry. I like reading books of Psychology Classics.

FUNAYOSE Kaori

Member
美術大学を卒業後、広告、web、上場企業IRツールの企画・デザインを経験。結婚、出産、育児と、ビジネスシーンから遠のいた生活をしてきたが、Pure Shodoを通して書の魅力を学び広めていきたいと感じ、参画。