Japan Week in Occitania: Japanese calligrapher Kôhô Kurihara returns to Toulouse with new works
The first edition of Japan Week in Occitania will be held from November 25 to December 2. The school of Ikebana and floral art in Toulouse is organizing an exhibition devoted to Japanese calligraphy Kôhô Kurihara from November 26 to December 2.
The school of Ikebana and floral art of Toulouse in partnership with the Occitanie region, the foundation of the group La Dépêche and the association Yūjo organized an exhibition dedicated to Japanese calligraphy Kôhô Kurihara from November 26 to December 2.
Using ink, the artist from southern Japan, Kôhô Kurihara, brings out landscapes and floral scents that she layers on panels. Fans emphasize the poetic and contemporary aspect of his style. They also note a great variety in her achievements. “She transcends calligraphy, she starts from the ancestral to make modern” confides Marette Renaudin, director of the school of Ikebana and floral art of Toulouse.
Unpublished works specially created for the occasion will be exhibited in the premises of the Ikebana and floral arts school in Toulouse. The inauguration of the exhibition will take place on Friday, November 25 at 6:30 p.m. in the presence of the Consul General of Japan and the Consul of Japan in Toulouse.
Master Kurihara is renowned in Japan, she returns for the first time in Europe for 3 years. In France, she notably participated in the Paris International Fair in 2019 and the Georges Labit Museum in Toulouse awarded her a 6-month exhibition in 2017. At only 26 years old, she became Grand Master of Shodo. Today, she is at the head of the institute she created in Kitakyushu. The Shodo, the way of writing in French is an ancestral art 3000 years old. The virtuoso of the brush works on the first Japanese writings to create her works.
The Japanese artist will offer on Monday, November 28 at 7 p.m. a great performance of Shodo at the San Subra hall in Saint Cyprien. Reservations are recommended as there are few places left. For an hour, the artist will take you on a journey through traditional and modern Japan by performing six major works to music, including a surprise with the Toulouse comic strip artist, Paul Cauuet.
For the closing ceremony, Kôhô Kurihara and Marette Renaudin perform another performance at the city in Montaudran in the presence of Hiara Junichi, the Japanese ambassador to France at 6:30 p.m.