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Rio Haruki: Calligraphy as Performance

  • Sat 1

The ancient Japanese art of calligraphy is brought right up to date by the exciting performance artist Rio Haruki at this year’s HYPER JAPAN Christmas Market. Calligraphy has been practiced for centuries in Japan, and the flow of the brush strokes on the paper has always been intrinsic to it as an art form.

Rio Haruki gives a modern twist to this ancient skill by expressing herself on large canvases to the backing of 21st century musical accompaniment. Her performance calligraphy is a spectacle not to be missed.


A native of snowy Niigata prefecture, Rio Haruki has been practising Japanese calligraphy for over 20 years, and since 2012 it has been her main occupation. As well as teaching calligraphy in Japanese schools, she travels around Japan and elsewhere, taking part in exhibitions, events and movies to showcase her unique skills. She is becoming increasingly renowned around the world, having performed in France, the USA and now the UK.