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Setsuhi ‘eri’ Shiraishi – Caligraphy à la mode Opening Reception

Setsuhi ‘eri’ Shiraishi – Caligraphy à la mode Opening Reception

Friday, June 28 from 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.

Kaede Kimonos – 246 W. 38th Street, #1102 (between 7th and 8th Avenues)

Admission: Free

Japanese calligrapher Setsuhi ‘eri’ Shiraishi will have an exhibition of her work at Kaede Kimonos. The opening reception on June 28 is presented by Kaede Kimonos and MarCreation and sponsored by Senbird Tea.

Having been interested in calligraphy during her childhood, Setsuhi became a calligraphy master at age 22. She is pursuing her own unique style of calligraphy while expressing the world of traditional calligraphy. She has created a highly regarded world of sublime calligraphy through musical collaboration. Active outside of Japan, Setsuhi has attracted many fans from around the world through her live collaborative performances with music.

Setsuhi drew the calligraphy design of the “Enjin” (ring) concept for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Japanese team jersey and gave a calligraphic performance for the Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar when he was in Japan for an official visit in 2014. Also in 2014, Setsuhi had a successful ten-part live performance tour throughout France.

Setsuhi has given calligraphy performances at various places including the private salon Diners Club Ginza Lounge in Tokyo, the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Tokyo (at the 60th anniversary event of the launch of Fissler’s pressure cookers), and the British Museum in London. She also held a joint performance with the London Improvisers Orchestra, participated in an art fair in Paris, and held personal exhibitions in both Paris and New York. Also in New York, Setsuhi conducted a calligraphy workshop and performed in both a jazz club and an art gallery with Jay Anderson and Frank Kimbrough of the Maria Schneider Orchestra as well as jazz horn player Adam Unsworth.

Askua Koto, koto, music, fashion, calligraphy, Kaede Kimonos, NYC, Japan, exhibition, performance
Asuka Koto


The opening reception will feature a short concert by koto player and composer Asuka from Tokyo. Born in 1989, Asuka graduated at the top of her class from Tokyo University of the Arts, which is well known for Japanese traditional music. Her father, Katsuhiko Yoshizaki, is a composer and koto player who is regarded as the authority of the Japanese modern koto industry. Asuka plays the koto with both classical performance techniques as well as contemporary transcendental techniques.

Setsuhi’s art will be on display at the showroom until the end of July.

Space is limited, so RSVP at Kaede’s Eventbrite page.