The school Sosekido (素石堂) was formed by my sensei, Unkotsu Komine (小峰雲骨) many years ago. I was 13 years old when I first met him, and it was the beginning of my long-time calligraphy path.

My passion is closer to the brush

Juju Kurihara

I was 8 when I saw a yellow Volkswagen Beetle came through the school gate and parked. The person who came out of the car had a large pair of sunglasses and wearing multi patterned jumper with a leggings. Very mismatched style. When she turned it was a very old lady, in her late 60s or early 70s. My eyes were fixed. I was curious. One year later, I found out that she was our calligraphy teacher. This was how I met calligraphy. 

I haven’t left my brush since then. My teacher whom I met when I was 13 didn’t let me quit. He always had a better reason for me to continue. I very much appreciate his support and effort. This is Shodo,  a way of calligraphy. This is a journey with sunny days and stormy days. Without knowing it, Shodo has become a part of me. When I talk about myself, I cannot help talking about the calligraphy. This is my reference of the life.

I am based in Berlin, Germany. I started working as a calligrapher in 2010, after moving to Madrid. I perform alone or with musicians and dancers. I collaborated a book “El Libro de Té” and had solo and group exhibitions. Currently my work is at “160 Jahre Beziehungen Japan-Deutschland” in Potsdamer Platz in Berlin.