Misuzu Kaneko and Shoko Kanazawa - Resonating Poetry and Calligraphy


160_01.jpgThe seventh floor gallery at Nihombashi Mitsukoshi will be home to two extraordinary figures from two very different fields, united by a common resonance that speaks across the generations. First acclaimed composer of poetry and nursery rhymes Misuzu Kaneko (1903 - 1930) whose lamentably short life belies a remarkable contribution to Japanese literary world. Upon the discovery of her diaries in the 1980s, when the full extent of her output became evident, her work has now reached the global audience it deserves. 160_02.jpgFrom the calligraphy world is Shoko Kanazawa, born in 1985 and quickly rising to become one of the most important young calligraphers of her generation since her first solo exhibition when she was only 20 years old. In addition to her celebrated artwork, she is also a prominent disability rights advocate, overcoming the challenges posed by her own Down's syndrome and even taking that message of positivity to the United Nations in New York.

It is a message hard earned for both figures, with Kanazawa learning her art from the age of five from her mother, herself a prominent figure in the calligraphy world, and Kaneko raised singlehandedly by her mother who taught her a love of literature. Furthermore, the connection between the two was cemented when Kaneko's poetry became a muse for Kanazawa herself, in particular the following lines from the poem Stars and Dandelions, "Though not visible, they are there; Though we cannot see them, they are there." This would become both inspiration and an artwork for Kanazawa, and in this exhibition at Nihombashi Mitsukoshi we will see this work among others in her distinctive and highly evocative style that seeks to find parallels between the two figures.


Through the aforementioned calligraphy and Misuzu Kaneko's own handwritten poetry and personal effects we find a shared creative spirit that is as relevant now in present day as it was a hundred years ago. In addition to the exhibition, Shoko Kanazawa herself will be present for a signing on the fifth from 11:00 and 2:00, so you can meet this inspirational artist for yourself.

Misuzu Kaneko and Shoko Kanazawa - Resonating Poetry and Calligraphy


Nihombashi Mitsukoshi Main Building 7F, Gallery

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May 3rd - 8th, 2017


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