Podcast The Japanese Calligrapher Who Made Israel His Home Journeys Podcast

What has calligraphy and ink artist Kazuo Ishii - who has studied with Japanese and Chinese masters - been doing in Israel for 17 years?

Kazuo Ishii / Photo via TLV1
Kazuo Ishii / Photo via TLV1

Originally from Saitama, Japan, Kazuo Ishii is a calligraphy and ink artist. Together with the deep study of these traditional arts with Japanese and Chinese masters, he has also studied martial arts, zen, and meditation, which have become an integral part of his lifestyle.

In 1997, Ishii came to live in Kiryat Tivon, Israel. His works have been exhibited in various museums and galleries, and some have been purchased by the Israel Museum of Art.

Besides working as an artist, Ishii also teaches his artistic tradition in Israel: He has opened the Shiboku Studio, which gives Israelis the opportunity to study calligraphy and ink painting with him, alongside courses and lectures that he gives in various academic institutions around the country.