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International Goodwill Activities

Art connects people, heart to heart, beyond boundaries of nationality, language, religion, etc.

 

Since the 1970s, over a long period of time, Fuyoh Kobayashi has been working towards international goodwill through her calligraphic works. Among these goodwill activities, she strives to achieve friendly relations with Asian countries, including those between Japan, China and South Korea, countries that have similar cultures involving brush writing. She continues these goodwill activities energetically both within Japan and abroad.

"Meguru (Circulation)" (Written in China in 2018)

China

Beijing

Entered a work in the BESETO Exhibition. "Shoryu (Rising dragon)" was awarded with the Japanese-Chinese-Korean Art Eiga Hoou Award (glory Chinese phoenix award) in October, 2018.

Joined the Harmony with others but never assimilate others, North-East Asia Calligraphic Exhibition in Beijing (at The Cultural Palace of Nationalities). Wrote "Meguru (Circulation)" in August, 2018.

Joined the Harmony with others but never assimilate others, North-East Asia Calligraphic Exhibition in Beijing (at The Cultural Palace of Nationalities). Wrote "Meguru (Circulation)" in June, 2018.

Joined the Harmony with others but never assimilate others, North-East Asia Calligraphic Exhibition. Awarded with the International Exchange Special Award. Wrote "Mizu (Water)" in August, 2016.

Joined the Harmony with others but never assimilate others, North-East Asia Calligraphic Exhibition and awarded with the International Gold Award. Wrote "Toku (Virtue)" in September, 2015.

Awarded with the Excellent Award of International Cultural Exchange at the First Consultation Meeting of the International Culture and Industrial Investment in China.

Wrote  "Ryu (Dragon)", "Arigato (Thanks)", "Shunkashuto (Four seasons)" in May, 2015.

 

Xian

Joined the Harmony with others but never assimilate others, North-East Asia Calligraphic Exhibition (at Daxing Shansi temple*. The first foreigner to hold a calligraphic exhibition within the premises of Daxing Shansi).

Wrote "Michi (Road)," "Ryu (In) (Dragon [Yin])", "Ryu (Yo) (Dragon [Yang])", "Cherry blossom seen by Sorokin" in June, 2018.

Joined the "Invitational Exhibition of Calligraphy and Seal-engraving" for the commemoration of the 45th anniversary of the normalization of diplomatic relations between Japan and China (at Daxing Shansi temple) in December, 2017.

Attended the ceremony of the unveiling of a monument raised at Qinglongsi temple commemorating the friendship between Japan and China in June, 2017.

Offered prayers at Qinglongsi temple where Kobo-Daishi Kukai had stayed as an ascetic monk. Planted a cherry tree at the temple premises commemorating the friendship between Japan and China in June, 2016.

 

* "Daxing Shansi" is the head temple of Chinese Esoteric Buddhism. During the Tang period in China, five monks, including Kukai, among eight great monks of the Shingon Sect performed ascetic practices. Many important Buddhist scriptures were translated at this time.

 

Dalian

Shanghai

Joined the Second Ten Cities in Japan and China 1000 People Acacia Walking Meet, sponsored by the Dalian China-Japan Friendship Association, in June, 2017.

Joined an exhibition of art works by members of the Dalian China-Japan Friendship Association, at the Dalian Modern Museum, in June, 2017.

Joined the Shanghai Juveniles Exhibition in June, 2017.

 

Huangshan

Joined the China-Japan Travel Cultural Exchange and the Huangshan China-Japan Calligraphic Works Joint Exhibition at the Wancuilou Museum. Wrote "Michi (Road)" and "Hoju (Sacred gems)" in October, 2017.

 

Hangzhou

Joined the exhibition of ancient Chinese hieroglyphic characters left on bones and tortoise carapaces in Hangzhou in September, 2018.

 

South Korea

Seoul

Joined the Harmony with others but never assimilate others, North-East Asia Calligraphic Exhibition and wrote "Sanmiittai (Trinity)" and "Hikari (Light)" in November, 2018.

Joined the BESETO Exhibition (held in Beijing, Seoul and Tokyo) and awarded with the Grand Prize of Japan-China-South Korea Peace Contributors in October, 2017.

Joined the Smile Queen Korea Competition as a judge and wrote "Kotobuki (Congratulations)" in January, 2017.

Joined the Kabokukai Four Seasons Exhibition in September, 2015.

Joined the South Korea-Japan Two Women Exhibition at the South Korean Diet Members Building in parliament and wrote "Jo (Mercy)" and "Sho (Laughter)" in September, 2015.

Joined the "Embassies Day in Seoul 2015" and wrote "Kanko." Presented a plaque of compliments for goodwill between Japan and South Korea in May, 2015.

Joined the Japan-South Korea Two Women Exchange Exhibition at the Sejong Center in July, 2009.

Joined the Calligraphy Spirit 2009 Seoul Exhibition in June, 2009.

Joined the Calligraphic Works Exhibition at the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in August, 2006.

South Korea-China-Japan Three People Fan Exhibition at the Korean Educational Broadcasting System in July, 2006.

Joined a calligraphic works exhibition commemorating the 40th Anniversary of South Korea-Japan Diplomatic Relations in October, 2004.

 

 

Busan

Joined the Busan Calligraphic Works Biennale in November, 2013.

Joined a calligraphic works charity exhibition commemorating the 40th Anniversary of South Korea-Japan Diplomatic Relations at Busan Arts College in October, 2004.

Held the calligraphic works exhibition in the Osaka City Sister Ports Exchange Event held at the Hyundai Department Store in October, 2004.

Suncheon

Joined the Suncheon Gulf International Garden Exhibition and the Japan-South Korea Friendship Calligraphic Works Exhibition as a public relations ambassador and given a certification of appreciation in August, 2002.

Yeosu

Joined the Yeosu World Exposition and Japan-South Korea Friendship Calligraphic Works Exhibition as a public relations ambassador and given a medal in May, 2012.

 

Gwangju

Joined the Gwangju Biennale in April, 2002.

Joined the Gwangju Biennale Japan-South Korea Friendship Exchange 2000 in April, 2000.

Yeongam County

Presented calligraphy of the Senjimon (long poems of Chinese classics) to Mausoleum of scholar Wani in Yeongam county and given a plaque of compliments by the governor of Yeongam county and the chairman of the Yeongam County Local Festival Promotion Committee in April, 2006.

Mongolia

Ulan Bator

Joined the Harmony with others but never assimilate others, North-East Asia Calligraphic Exhibition and wrote "Hikari (Light)" at the exchange event by visiting Confucius Institute in August, 2016.

Italy

Rome

Held the calligraphic works exhibition at Valentini Palace in April, 2010.

Vatican City State

Had an audience with the Pope and presented him with "Ai (Love)," a work written on a fan, in April, 2010.

England

London

Held a calligraphic works exhibition at an event related to the London Olympics in gratitude for support received during the great earthquakes and wrote "Wa (Harmony)" in July, 2010.

France

Paris and Le Mans

Held a calligraphic works exhibition in SAMURAI JAPON 2018 which was held at Les Pavillons de Bercy in Paris as an event for Japonism 2018, the 160th anniversary of the Japan-France Friendship Treaty and wrote "Hotoke (Buddha)" in November, 2018.

Paris, Le Mans and Nancy

While attending SAMURAI JAPON 2012, held a workshop at Jeanne d'Arc High School in Nancy and presented a calligraphic work, "Samurai," to Nancy city in November, 2012 (The presentation ceremony was held in the city hall of Nancy).

Joined SAMURAI JAPON 2011 and charity events for sufferers of the Great Tohoku Earthquake and wrote "Kotobuki (Congratulations) and "Hana (Flower)" in October, 2011.

 

Taiwan

Tainan

Calligraphic Works Exhibition in Tainan (Japanese cultural seminar in Tainan) in November, 2017.

Taipei

Held a calligraphic works exhibition in recognition of the support received during the Great Tohoku Earthquake and wrote "Ryu (Dragon)" and "Okami (Dragon god)."

(Okami is an old word for dragon. The calligraphy was presented to the Japan-Taiwan Exchange Association). Joined the Yu Youren Exhibition and wrote "Ryu (Dragon)" in November, 2014.

 

United States of America

New York

Held a calligraphic works exhibition in consolation for the spirits of those who died during September 11th terrorist attacks at the Nippon Club Nippon Gallery in September, 2009.

Honolulu

Delivered a lecture and held a calligraphic works exhibition at the Royal Hawaiian Resort in October, 1998.

Melbourne

Joined an event for Sister-City Exchange with Osaka at Daimaru Department Store in Melbourne in April, 1999.

Tasmania

Held a calligraphic works exhibition at the Water-side Pavilion in Hobart in March, 2003.

Australia

Cape Town

Joined the South Africa-Japan Festival at the South African National Museum in October, 2000.

Johannesburg

Joined an event held to introduce Japan at the Johannesburg Art Gallery in October, 2000.

Joined the Japan-South Africa Renaissance 99 at the Johannesburg Art Gallery in October, 1999.

South Africa

Brunei

Bandar Seri Begawan

Collaborated with Mr. Yusuf Pengiran, the first prime minister of Brunei at The Empire Hotel in July, 2008.

Israel

Tel Aviv

Invited by Tel Aviv University to hold a calligraphic works exhibition and delivered a lecture in December, 2008.

Dubai

Joined the JAPAN TIDE 2017 and World Art Dubai 2017 and wrote "Hikari (Light)" in April, 2017.

United Arab Emirates

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