Masako Inkyo began her Japanese calligraphy training at the age of three. After continuing her practice throughout middle school, high school and college, she received her Bachelor’s degree in Japanese Literature and Calligraphy at Yasuda University. Ms. Inkyo is a member of the two largest Shodo professional associations in Japan. In both she holds the highest rank, based on work she has submitted. She has also received many awards, including first prizes in both Shodo and pen calligraphy in national competitions sponsored by the Ministry of Education. Currently, she teaches Shodo at the Japan Society and the Keio Academy of New York while also undertaking various design commissions.
Ms. Inkyo has achieved an extensive portfolio of artwork and design. From 2009 to 2010, she was the official Shodo artist for the car company Infiniti and also collaborated with Mikimoto America to do performances in their New York and Las Vegas branches. In 2013, 2014, and 2015, Ms. Inkyo collaborated with jazz pianist Greg McKenzie on several mixed-media Shodo and Music performances at the Park Hotel in Tokyo, Japan. In addition, she designed a hotel room (themed “One Hundred Poems”) as part of the “Artist in Hotel” program at the Park Hotel Tokyo.
In March 2015, Ms. Inkyo gave a workshop and demonstration, themed “The Tale of Genji” at Middlebury College in Vermont to celebrate their acquisition of an authentic and historical Japanese folding screen (byōbu). Also in 2015, the Harrison Public Library completely renovated their building and placed a piece of Masako Inkyo’s art on permanent display in the newly refurbished premises. Most recently, Masako made several Shodo designs for the newly opened Morimoto Asia Restaurant at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. Masako Inkyo’s art was featured in the book, 100 New York Calligraphers.
Seihitsu Kai - Holding Highest Rank Of Master:
• Kana Sho
• Kanji Sho
Senshin Shodo Kai - Holding Highest Rank Of Master:
• Kana Sho
• Kanji Sho
Yasuda University, Hiroshima, Japan: studied under Master Masao Inoue
• Bachelor's Degree in Japanese Literature and Calligraphy
Gold Medal (1st Prize) Shodo, Pen Writing Calligraphy and Kanji, National Public Competition sponsored by the Japanese Ministry of Education