Wakako Kitada (Calligrapher)
She was born in Rumoi City, Hokkaido, Japan. After she graduated from high school, she went to the U.S. to study English. Then, she worked at Foreign Airlines for about 8 years. In the Japanese language, they use Kanji, Hiragana and Katakana. There are three steps to writing Kanji correctly: start, stroke, and stop. There are two ways to make the strokes. One method is called “Harai.” With this method, you start, stroke, then stop. Another method for writing Kanji is called “Hane.” With this method, you start, stoke, then jump. They start learning how to write Kanji like this when they enter elementary school. They are told to write Kanji like the model shows. If they write Kanji incorrectly, they are corrected by their teacher. Like writing words, the rules are implanted in people’s mind. There are things they must do and things they must not do. Those rules cause a lot of problems not only in their human relations but also in their lives. These rules cause people to sometimes have a hard time expressing their feelings to others. They also make it hard for one to recognize oneself as well as others. They often limit their possibilities because they are too afraid to give new things a try. Although human beings are creatures of emotion, a lot of them don’t know about their true feelings, how they want to live, what they like, or what they want to do. In Japanese modern society, she thinks there are many people who don’t know themselves and don't understand others. Accordingly, there are a lot of bullies at school. Suicides among young children and child abuse have increased. This is a serious social problem in Japan now. In 2013, she found a form of art calligraphy which allows her to express her feelings freely. This art calligraphy is completely different from Japanese traditional calligraphy. There are no rules on how to write. There is no right or wrong. She writes what she wants to write. Everything is free! She was really surprised when she tried this free style calligraphy for the first time. Because she only knew traditional calligraphy which she learned at school. She was absorbed in it as soon as she had started it. The more she writes, the more her mind becomes free. This art calligraphy brought about great changes in her mind. Through this she could love, recognize and forgive herself. She could accepted differences in others as well. The more she writes, the more she’s filled with gratitude . Through her art calligraphy, she’d like to tell people that the most important thing is to love yourself and to live as you are. She hopes that the people in the world love themselves, love others and live as they are. No bullies, No suicide, No child abuse,No wars. Pray for love and peace.
Rising Sun Rock Festival 2015 in Ezo
~Work Shop~ Art Calligraphy Class is held