SHODO ARTIST & GALLERY KAI’S OWNER
Ichiko Takada started learning Shodo, the Japanese calligraphy, at an early age. After graduating from Kunitachi College of Music Senior High School in Tokyo, she moved to New York and graduated from Parsons The New School for Design in 1992 with a BFA in Fashion Design.
Ichiko Takada began her career as an assistant designer for a fashion design office in New York, and later worked as freelance designer. In 1996, she returned to Tokyo and studied Shodo(Japanese calligraphy) under the great master calligrapher Sunkei Yahagi and Tenkoku (seal engraving) under the master Ryuzan Yoshinaga.
Since then, she has been creating art pieces and designs as Shodo artist. In 2013, her career took another step forward with the opening of the Gallery Kai, followed by Yonehachi Narisawa an authentic sushi restaurant located next to the gallery in Kichijoji, Tokyo.
During the week, I spent most of my time at the gallery and my office, located in Kichijoji, Tokyo. During the daytime I focus on the gallery, but the evening coming I am mainly dedicated to calligraphy and design. In 2014, we opened a Sushi restaurant next to the gallery, where I also help sometimes. I have an active lifestyle, but I am grateful to work in the beautiful natural environment offered by the Inokashira Park, just behind the gallery.
All started when I saw the Hygge MSP3012BC(GR) watch on another artist’s wrist and fell in love. Now I am wearing my own Hygge watch, which I love and cherish. For me, a wrist watch is an indispensable accessory which keeps me aware of the time existing and passing… More than a simple functional wrist watch, my Hygge watch is a beautiful time display art piece. Moreover, I love the color’s combination between black and dark grey, two colors I like to use in my works as well.
I will continue my unique projects at the gallery, while introducing genuine Japanese food culture and sushi at our restaurant. I will also dedicate myself to arts, my lifework and passion, aiming at expressing all the power and the possibilities that Japanese characters and words could offer.
For these purposes, I will continue my path by studying and cherishing the inestimable relation with people around me. I wish to progress little by little to move closer to an ideal.