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Introduction of an Iro-Moji(Colored Calligraphy) Instructor, Ken Nishimoto


KARAKURIJAPAN is a medium which intends to tell traditional Japanese technology and culture to the whole world.

KARAKURIJAPAN introduces traditional Japanese culture with instructors of each traditional technology.

One of those is iro-moji.

Calligraphy, which has been familiar in Japan since long ago, is colored.

This article introduces the instructor of iro-moji, Ken Nishimoto.


A Calligrapher and a Musician – Artist Ken Nishimoto –




Mr. Nishimoto was born on January 1st, 1986, in Hiroshima. He is also a musician other than a calligrapher.

He plays music in “colors” a duo with a ukulele player, Sho Naito, “Osaka chacha band” a band with handicapped people and others. He also works as a designer, so he is a very artist.

And he presents iro-moji(colored calligraphy) through KARAKURIJAPAN.


Mr. Nishimoto’s Beginning of Calligraphy


He first touched calligraphy in his childhood. He started writing with the brush in neighbor’s calligraphy lessons.

He started doing calligraphy seriously after entering the senior high school. He practiced rinsho(to write after models) really hard.

However, he stopped writing for 10 years after graduation of the school.

He got a chance to grab a brush again because of music which he played at the time. A band he met through music offered him to write for its original T-shirts. And after that, he started working as a calligrapher.




Now he writes for signs of shops, titles of events, packages of products and others.

And as a kind of these work, he does iro-moji(colored calligraphy).


“I Want you to Know Excellence of Calligraphy through Iro-Moji”





Usually, calligraphy is written with black ink.

Then why did he start to write with colors? There is a reason.


Even people living in Japan don’t have any opportunities to hold writing brushes,

and I guess they don’t do calligraphy anymore.

However, I want to be a person who restores it,

if I dare to say my goal.


I think iro-moji(colored calligraphy) is easier for you to start than traditional black calligraphy.

So I want iro-moji to be a starting point of calligraphy.


Calligraphy has been familiar to many people in Japan for a long time. However, now there are few people who do it.

That’s why he wants many people to realize how calligraphy is great, and to try it by his work.

He said so.





KARAKURIJAPAN Introduces Works by Mr. Nishimoto




KARAKURIJAPAN introduces various iro-moji works by Mr. Nishimoto. You can see excellence of calligraphy, which has been familiar in Japan since long ago, with his unique and beautiful sense.

His sense makes his works amazing!

Please enjoy the traditional Japanese culture and his world.


Anyone can try iro-moji with some tools. As he said, iro-moji is easier to try than normal calligraphy, and many people can enjoy it.

I hope you to come to know excellence of calligraphy with this opportunity.


>>Watch Iro-Moji(Colored Calligraphy) Works by Mr. Nishimoto

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