Shigeyuki Matsumoto-"WA" Japanese Culture

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Shigeyuki Matsumoto-"WA" Japanese Culture

Time: October 28, 2015 at 12pm to November 1, 2015 at 6pm
Location: Brooklyn
Street: Suite 105, 170 Tillary St,
City/Town: Brooklyn, New York
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Event Type: solo, exhibition
Organized By: Ouchi Gallery
Latest Activity: Oct 25, 2015

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1.Japanese Calligraphy Workshop

Oct 27th 7pm-10pm!!

You can experience Japanese Calligraphy. Shigeyuki Matsumoto, Japanese calligraphy artist, will teach you calligraphy in person. Four people at one time can write one character by Japanese brush. Also, you can do it on a fabric. We are offering Japanese washcloth, Tenugui for the participants writing characters on it. If you are interested, let’s join in!!


2. FREE Tasting of Shojin Cuisine

Oct 27th 7pm-9pm !!

Please come to Join us

Shojin cuisine refers to a type of vegetarian cooking that originates in Zen Buddhism.

 Even though it does not use meat or fish, shojin is regarded as the foundation of all Japanese cuisine, especially kaiseki, the Japanese version of haute cuisine.

 In its present form kaiseki is a multi-course meal in which fresh, seasonal ingredients are prepared in ways that enhance the flavor of each component, with the finished dishes beautifully arranged on plates.

 All of these characteristics come from shojin cuisine, which is still prepared in Buddhist temples throughout Japan.


Shigeyuki Matsumoto Bio

Shigeyuki Matsumoto was born in Oita Prefecture, Kyushu, Japan in 1961 and from a very young age was fond of drawing pictures and calligraphy.  His single most passion was calligraphy, and even as a boy he remembers how the smell of the ink was very comforting.  He quickly became hooked on calligraphy and became engrossed in trying to become the best in his field.


After entering adulthood, Shigeyuki became stressed when faced with working within an environment which honored the characteristics of Japanese society such as the spirit of cooperation, diligence and etiquette along with difficult human relations.  During these times he was able to take his mind off these stresses and find inner calmness by turning his attention to his calligraphy brush.


Following this, he was greatly influenced by the Japanese culture of “Wa” or harmony, and believes that traditional Japanese calligraphy is greatly connected to Japanese spirituality.

 He believes that in the pursuit of the true spiritual nature of Japanese people “Harmonious heart”, “Harmonious spirit”, “Harmonious landscape” the words and characters which make an impression on people are a representative of the spirit of the person at that time.


Self-taught in the traditional calligraphy skills, he uses the subject matter of “words” and makes creations through the use of shades and blurring of ink, along with blank spaces.

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