Koki Takehara.
Born in Okayama prefecture, Japan in 1975. Takehara began calligraphy classes at age four and received the highest award from the Japanese national exhibition in 1989 and 1990.
In 2009, he began his career as a professional calligrapher. In 2011, he took his calligraphy performances -- using long and large brushes -- and workshops to France, USA, and England. He calls this work “Communication Through Calligraphy.”
In 2013, he introduced his large brush calligraphy performance at “Japan Day @ Central Park”, New York, with Japanese drumming and a Japanese string instrument called a shamisen.
In 2014, Takehara conducted and performed workshops in England for students who had no knowledge of Japanese calligraphy and its history, in terminal care facilities and a school anniversary celebration event.
Through these activities, Takehara has expanded the reach of Japanese Calligraphy.
In 2016, he returned to the USA and performed at a Japanese culture exhibition, in temples in Hawaii.
His original Japanese card game, “nihon bunka no karuta” which introduces Japanese culture, is also beginning to attract interest in foreign countries.

Takahara believes that in order to express and expand the reach of his art of calligraphy, it is essential to have the finest calligraphy tools.
Calligraphy brushes made with natural materials, such as horsehair. He blends his own ink using natural indigo. These are important components for his dynamic and expressive brush strokes.
The largest brush is five meters in length, and the brush is 1.1 meter.





2013年には、NY・セントラルパークで開かれた「Japan Day@セントラルパーク」にて、和太鼓と三味線とのコラボで巨大筆による書道パフォーマンスを披露した。