Nakahara Shiken (1949-)



Nakahara has always had a keen interest in the Japanese sense of aesthetics and spirit. In an effort to delve deeper into this cultural distinctness, he chose to study Japanese ancient literature, East Asian philosophy, Zen Buddhism, at Waseda University, which all related to the art of calligraphy. Upon graduating from Waseda, he decided to further continue his research in calligraphy and began to study under the notable calligrapher Sesson Uno. Nakahara was heavily influenced by Uno along with many other famous calligraphers such as Yuichi Inoue. In pursuit of understanding the Japanese sense of aesthetics and spirit, his studies in calligraphy taught him to express his thoughts and emotions through ink and brush, which led him to become the calligrapher that he is now known as.