Since starting in 1996 as a member volunteer organization after the passing of Master Calligrapher Shunpo Akashi, founder of the Akashi USA calligraphy school, Meito Shodokai Japanese Calligraphy Association is now nearing its 20th anniversary.
That it takes long months, long years for the handing down orally of culture and skill is common knowledge. However, we have made our way, to continue taking on new challenges while still keeping the foundation of the classics. The progress of the members’ skills is astounding. Although we are currently headquartered in Redmond, WA, volunteer members are active in Seattle, Portland, Los Angeles, Tokyo and the Kyushu region of Japan. The goal of Meito Shodokai Japanese Calligraphy Association is for as many of the world’s people to know and understand properly the art of Japanese calligraphy. And all of our activities are dependent on our volunteers. We appreciate and look forward to the support of many – in the years past, and in the years to come. -Yoshiyasu Fujii, President of Meito Shodo-Kai Calligraphy Association.
Master Calligrapher Yoshiyasu Fujii (b. 1963, Fukuoka, Japan) began calligraphy studies at the age of five, in his childhood home of Saga, Japan. He attended Daito Bunka University and studied under Master Calligrapher Shumpo Akashi, with whom he would continue to study until Akashi's death in 1995. While studying with Akashi, Fujii studied sumie panting and pursued his interest in the history, not only of Japanese calligraphy, but of Chinese classical calligraphy in addition to all of the traditional calligraphy writing styles. Fujii is the recipient of many honors, including top award at Mainichi Calligraphy Competition, Japan's oldest, largest and most prestigious calligraphy competition, in 1990 and 1992. In 2013, he became the first member residing outside of Japan to be appointed as a judge at the Mainichi Calligraphy Competition. He also is one of the few calligraphy instructors in the U.S. licensed by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.
Fujii was a guest lecturer at Whitman College (Walla Walla, WA) as well as the Japan America Community Culture Center (Los Angeles, CA).
Fujii's profound knowledge and mastery of the technique and history of calligraphy are the key to his freedom in creativity. Though he devotes a great deal of his time and efforts in continuing his teacher's legacy to promote the cultural and academic education of Japanese calligraphy - Fujii succeeded Akashi as president of Akashi USA after Akashi's untimely death in 1995 - Fujii is also passionate about expanding the art of calligraphy as a legitimate art form in the Western world.
He has been involved in many artistic ventures outside of the traditional calligraphy arena and has worked on projects with fashion designer Shu Uemura (body painting for fashion show), Microsoft Game Studios (calligraphy work for the Jade Empire Xbox game), and non-profit organization Voice Library in Japanese (title calligraphy for audio books). Fujii is currently experimenting further and has been working on pieces that combine calligraphy with his other passion, photography.
Master Fujii Blog Fushou-Ki 風翔記 .