Saiso Shimada, The 33th Hakusuikai Calligraphy Exhibit

2018 November 20th to 25th


11:00 to 19:00
Ginza Kanematsu Hall 5F
Ginza Kanematsu BLDG, Ginza 6-9-9, Chuo-ku, Tokyo


Musical Paintings Shodo

Saiso Shimada Shodo Artist Interprets 13 of Dr. Paul Briot’s Artistic Propositions

Saiso Shimada, a talented shodo artist who has meditated for many years with Zen and Qigong and now meditating usind Advanced Yoga Practices (AYP),  created thirteen pieces of shodo art which elevate us with a moment of silence.  These thirteen shodo paintings by Saiso Shimada can be seen in Japan until August 2019 in galleries, museums, zen temples and other public events or spaces upon request to the artist (Saiso Shimada) or directly to us.’s inspirations for the paintings were passages of the philosopher, Dr. Paul Briot’s book Le Rayonnant…un art vers l’Linfini published by the Parisian editor Caracteres.  Moved by thirteen passages in this book that had been translated into Japanese, Shimada meditated on the lines, and attempted to create an art that can invoke silence or beauty without words.Her success was immediate at three private viewings at the EU Embassy in Tokyo in June 2016 and also at a gallery exhibit in Ginza, Tokyo.

Amongst those who came to view the paintings and speak privately with the artist was a well known Noh Actor, Sumie Artists, a Yogi, a Qigong Master, and even a Zen Monk.

One onlooker who claimed to experience feelings of calmness, peace and even health organized a second exhibit for Saiso Shimada.

Today, six of Shimada’s paintings appear in the latest edition of that philosopher’s book, Dr. Paul Briot’s, latest 2017 reprint, Le Rayonnant…un art vers l’Linfini.  Published by Caracteres, France.  Illustrations by Saiso Shimada.

Dr. Paul Briot in this book shares ideas for artists to experience and create a new art that elevates with a moment of silence and beauty.  Shimada, the first artist who was able to use meditation techniques to create precisely the art that Dr. Paul Briot envisioned, is certainly not the last.  We ask that other artists who meditate obtain a copy of the book and share with us their experiences and art.

Art rather than words are used by Shimada to interact with a crowd inciting our imagination and anchoring a powerful experience that ignites us to create with our spirit.

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The silence created by Saiso Shimada’s art is a glimpse of what can be found in individual meditation, without any formal training needed by the general public.  Since many do not know meditative techniques, nor have the discipline nor the know-how to meditate, art that creates a split second of silence within the viewer a quiet space that provides a peek into meditation without the many years of practice is a welcome moment in our busy lives. Naturally, to experience states of silence on a more continous level requires that an individual experience meditative states on his or her own, but art that elevates could be an introduction for those unfamiliar with meditation.

Japan’s Cultural Heritage of Silence

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We ask museums, curators, galleries, zen temples, embassies and other public spaces to help make these shodo works by Saiso Shimada and new art works by other artists evoking a moment of silence or beauty available to a larger Japanese public.

For embassies, museums & galleries in Asia, the US & Europe, we invite financial sponsors and foundations to help make works of art that inspire a moment of silence available to a larger public.  Email us.

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Saiso Shimada with Bruno Julien and Nathalie Ishizuka

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Musical Paintings Shaku-hatchi



















Music by Masaki Nakamura
Shodo Paintings by Saiso Shimada
Text by Dr. Paul Briot

Masaki Nakamura, Shakuhachi

Masaki Nakamura 中村仁樹, Shakuhachi

Nakamura composed 6 original shaku-hatchi recordings inspired by Dr. Paul Briot’s poetic essay, Le Rayonnant, un art vers l’infini 2017 published by Éditions Caractères.

imagesHe first fell in love with the painting Faces of Suns and asked the shodo artist Saiso Shimada to lend it to him for a few days.  Staring at the painting he was stirred to create music for the composition and become intrigued by the new direction in Saiso Shimada’s shodo work.  When she explained that she was meditating and creating works of art, he decided to join a session.  The strong experience lead him to create new spontaneous works of art with Saiso Shimada and Beyond Our Best.

From a family of Buddhist monks, Nakamura was supposed to like his brother, become a monk himself and take the responsibility of the temple.  However, something within Nakamura pushed him in a different direction.  Instead of being a monk, he decided to pursue the spirit through music.

[Excerpt Taken From the Japan Foundation]

Masaki Nakamura first encountered Shakuhachi at the age of 17. Enchanted by the instrument, he pursued a major in Shakuhachi at the Department of Traditional Japanese Music of the Faculty of Music in Tokyo University of the Arts.

Nakamura won the 6th Shakuhachi Rookie of the Year Competition, the 3rd Tokyo Japanese Music Competition, and the 2nd Western and Japanese Instruments Ensemble Competition. He is also the recipient of a Yomiuri Shimbun Award, a Japan Folk Song Association Award, a Komoda Encouragement Prize and an Uwajima Grand Prize. Since graduating from university he has performed as a guest player at Suntory Hall, Ryogoku Kokugikan, the Embassy of the United States in Japan and other venues throughout Japan. He has also performed overseas including Turkey, Algeria, China, and the United States.

Shaku-Hatchi and Meditative Experience

Nakamura’s original composition brings forth the true resonance of Shakuhachi and projects the natural world and the spirit.  He is highly regarded and demanded and a hard man to catch — even for a meditation.