There is no equivalent word in English. Ikigai is what, day after day and year after year, each of us most essentially lives for. A motivational force; something or someone that gives a person a sense of purpose or a reason for living. Your ‘reason for being’ gives you a ‘reason to live’.
Canvas panel 8 x 10 inch, ORIGINAL ART
英彩 Eisai’s Profile
Eisai is a professional Japanese calligraphy artist, based in Surrey, England, with over 30 years’ experience.
Born and raised in Osaka, Japan, Eisai began the study of shodo, otherwise known as Japanese calligraphy, at the age of seven. Eisai was trained in the Seikyu Shodo kai (青邱書道会) calligraphy society by her master, Seikyu Yamashita, also the President of the Japanese Calligraphy Education Society. After ten years of practice in the society, Eiko Ishida was given her professional calligraphy name, Eisai (英彩). Since then, she has been working on building her own original style in her calligraphy pieces.
Eisai has had her calligraphy displayed at many exhibitions and events in Japan and the UK, and frequently works on commissioned pieces and teaching Japanese calligraphy. Since moving to the UK, she has worked regularly with the London-based Japan Society and Surrey Adult Learning Centres, and has taught workshops at Kew Gardens, London Japan Centres and many schools in Surrey and Hampshire. Eisai also holds workshops and classes for both groups and individuals in her own home in Surrey.
In her workshops, Eisai focuses not only on teaching technique but using the process of learning Japanese calligraphy as a meditative way to discover inner peace and tranquility. Only then can the artist produce beautiful brush strokes and master shodo.