Calligraphy Demonstration at Setsugekka

Drawing Autumn Zen words with Calligraphy

Thursday, October 6 from 3:00 p.m. until 4:30 p.m.

Setsugekka East Village – 74 E. 7th Street (between 1st and 2nd Avenues)

Admission: $60

Japanese calligraphy artist Rihaku will conduct a calligraphy workshop at Setsugekka, a tea house in the East Village.

Calligraphy by Rihaku Inoue

Calligraphy and Tea Ceremony

It is customary to hang Zen calligraphy in the alcove during a Japanese tea ceremony. For this particular occasion, Rihaku has chosen the autumn related Zen phrase, 紅葉似錦, meaning “autumn leaves.”

Rihaku will perform a demonstration using a special brush to show how to write the kanji characters. Then, participants will write the same phrase—紅葉似錦—with brush and ink. Participants may take home their finished artwork.

To reserve your spot, please visit Setsugekka’s website. Space is limited, so register today!

Rihaku Rie Inoue

About Rihaku

Based in Japan, Rihaku (Rie) Inoue is an esteemed calligrapher who has held numerous solo exhibitions, workshops, lectures, and live performances both in Japan and abroad—primarily in New York—to great acclaim.

In addition to running her own organization since 1999, Rihaku is a consultant for the Japan Calligraphy Museum and a calligraphy professor of the Japan Education Calligraphy Federation. She teaches more than 300 students of calligraphy, and many of her students have become accomplished calligraphers in their own right.

She has provided calligraphic designs to sake manufacturer Hakushika Sake and designed the wall of Kasaoka Bay Farm, Okayama Prefecture.

Exhibiting Beyond Japan

In 2012 she participated in her first group exhibition in New York and received first prize.

She held her first solo exhibition in NYC in 2014. Since then, she has held ten solo exhibitions as well as numerous workshops and calligraphy performances in NYC, San Francisco, and Washington D.C. (at JICC in the Embassy of Japan). In 2017, she held a solo exhibition at Setsugekka East Village.

In August 2021 and 2022, she held a solo exhibition and workshops at Todaiji National Temple Nigatsudo, which is one of Japan’s most famous Buddhist temples and a World Heritage site listed among “Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara.”

For more information about Rihaku, please visit her website.