Sisyu "White Dragon"

Sisyu is a Japanese artist heir of SHO, calligraphy, one of the oldest Japanese aesthetic traditions, which boasts a history spanning 1300 years. With her technique, Sisyu fuses Japanese calligraphy with various artistic media, such as sculpture, multimedia arts and painting. 

In 2014, Sisyu participated in the exhibition at the Carousel Du Louvre, organized by Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts in Paris and was awarded Gold Prize and Jury’s Prize Gold Award that the invitation by Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts as a Guest of Honor Artist for the exhibition in 2015 followed.

In 2017, then Emperor and Empress of Japan visited the artist’s exhibition at the Ehime Prefectural Museum in Matsuyama.

Techniques from the Renaissance age in Europe inspired this calligraphy’s creation process. A combination of four elements such as Chinese ink and pigments (silver, sulfur) and a process of burning the surface give the calligraphy both the gravity and robustness of Western tradition and the power of massive concentration to write up various strokes with a brush of Oriental tradition.

By that, another world expands in this calligraphy. The profound depth pushes the background far into the distance and makes the letter appear to be in the foreground. The appearance would alter with time and embody Wabi-sabi. This is the “Calligraphy of another world made by the collaboration of silver leaf, sulfur and Chinese ink” that ages over time. 

Hokota, located in Ibaraki prefecture, is blessed with wide and flat land and produces high-quality vegetables and fruits.

When Sisyu works on her artwork, she leaves a convenient urban area and stay in the great nature of Hokota. She cuts off all contact with others by turning off the PC, putting off a watch and makes herself concentrating only on the tip of the brush. During her stay, she keeps a plant-based diet to avoid killing. Her artworks are born in this concentrated creation camp. 



Writing for the Emperor(2018)

Gold Prize, Japan Pavilion "Exhibition and Design Category", Milano International Exposition, Milan, Italy(2015)

Invited Artist of the Year by the Association National des Beaux-Arts de France(2015)、Gold Prize and Jury's Gold Prize(2014)、Japan Representative artist(2014)

G1 New Generation Leader Award(2013)

Laval Virtual, France "Design Art and Culture Prize"(2012)

Special Letter of Appreciation, Minister of Defense(2012)

The 5th Yukei Teshima award(2010)