Yukiko Nishimura is a Japanese calligrapher specializing in ancient kanji characters, the origin of the modern Kanji Characters used today. Nishimura worked as a shrine maiden from high school until graduated university. From this experience, she associates her work with the ancient Japanese shamanism and reflects this experience into various forms of art not only in her calligraphy but also in her dress designs. She refers to her calligraphy as "a message from the Gods." For her, drawing calligraphy of ancient Kanji characters means embodying the words from the Gods on to paper with ink drawn through her body. Nishimura wishes to empower those who see her calligraph.
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