‘Shine Brightly’: Calligrapher Shoko Kanazawa Writes New Year Kanji for ‘JAPAN Forward’ Readers

  (First of two parts)   In a calligraphy studio on the outskirts of Tokyo, Shoko Kanazawa—dressed in white tabi, black hakama, and a cornsilk-colored kimono with circular flower patterns—stands before a four-foot-square expanse of paper and folds her hands in prayer.   For a few moments, a stillness falls over the studio. Then, smoothing […]