Fujian and Okinawan calligraphers have friendship and exchange
July 21, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo
Three calligraphers, including Houn Toyohira from Okinawa, have deepened regional ties through a cultural exchange with five artists representing Fujian, China at the Fujian and Okinawa Friendship Hall in Fujian Province, China. The program was held on July 11.
The Fujian Province Government and Okinawa Prefectural Government jointly invested in building the Fujian and Okinawa Friendship Hall in 1998. Recently, the governments have been holding an exchange program through calligraphy at a renewed exhibition space in the hall. Twenty-two people from Okinawa, including Akira Shimoji, an official of the Okinawa Prefectural Government, took part in the event.
Calligraphers Toyohira, Taisui Miyazato and Konan Kosugi took part in the exchange meeting. Fujian and Okinawan artists completed three collaboration works on the spot. These works were exhibited.
Tohoyohira then wrote a calligraphy piece, “Let the flower of friendship between China and Japan bloom forever.” “Only Japanese and Chinese use Kanji. We would like to understand one another through calligraphy more,” he said. Miyazato said, “If we deepen the interchange between citizens of both countries through the culture, we can change dysfunctional aspects of the relationship.” Kosugi added, “We can understand one another through calligraphy.”
(English translation by T&CT)
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