Koshu - Lineage
Koshu Blends East and West to produce some of the most exciting Japanese Art in her field. She is named Deshi (honoured student) of Master Seizan Fujimoto, who was a named student of the famous master, Kakudo Arita, who was a named student the legendary famous master, Kaikaku Niwa, following the historically well known Calligrapher of Meiji period, Meikaku Kusakabe.
Koshu followed the way of Mr Seizan Fujimoto and also studided the style of Mr Goseki Nishiwaki, who was also a pupil of Mr Meikaku Kusakabe.
Meikaku Kusakabe (1838-1922): Meikaku was a Cabinet Diplomat of the New Government in the Meiji Period. After his retirement, he developed his own Meikaku style, influenced by a Chinese Calligrapher named Yang Shoujing. He became one of the three most influential calligraphers of the Meiji period, along with Gochiku Nakamura and Ichiroku Iwaya. He was named as the Father of Modern Japanese Calligraphy, and known as an artist as well as an educator. He trained a great many apprentices, so even now a lot of calligraphers follow his style.
Kaikaku Niwa (1863-1931): Kaikaku studied under Meikaku Kusakabe. His active period covered both the Meiji and Taisho period (late 19th century to the mid-1920s). He created his own style, based on Zheng Daozhao style dating from sixth-century China, and the "Kaikaku Style" predominated all over Japan. He was one of the most charismatic calligraphers with Tenrai Hirai and Secchiku Kondo. He had great influence in the world of calligraphy and focused on developing the modern calligraphy education.
Kakudo Arita (1899-1974): Kakudo was born in Yamaguchi and went to Meikaku Kusakabe's school in Tokyo in the 9th year of Taisho. There, he studied under Kaikaku Niwa and became a professional calligrapher. In Kana style, he studied under Chikudo Takatuki who studied under Gado Ono, who was a historically well-known calligrapher in Kana style. Kakudo collaborated with other calligraphy experts and focused on innovating calligraphy education and also introducing calligraphy for both artistic uses and for writing. He opened his calligraphy school in Hagi and focused on training his successors as well as working as an elementary school teacher.
Seizan Fujimoto (1919-2004): Seizan was born in Yamaguchi and studied under Kakudo Arita. He opened the "Honanshogei School" and became a vice-president of Japan Calligraphy Kigo Association. Kakudo advised him to study the style of Goseki Nishiwaki, who also studied under Meikaky Kusakabe. Seizan focused on teaching the basic skills for beautiful writing. He used mathematical based proportions to achieve his beautiful calligraphy, which he developed into a book. He spent his life teaching and training his successors, and also used his great skill in scroll-making to contribute to the restoration of historically important works.
Koshu (1967- ) : At the age of 8, she started to learn Calligraphy under Seizan Fujimoto. Under Seizan's guidance, she studied Goseki Nishiwaki's style and later on studied other well-known calligraphers' styles as well. At the age of 24, she opened "Koshu Calligraphy School" in Japan, and since 2002 she has been teaching and introducing Japanese Art internationally in England. She started to create her own style of art by blending the Eastern and Western cultures.