On April 20, I was in Tokyo for the launch event of Calligraphy Styling, held at the gorgeous SØHOLM restaurant on the Tennozu Isle. The book launch coincided with a lovely bright spring afternoon, and people could soak in the sun on the terrace facing the beautiful waterfront while enjoying wine and dishes prepared from fine seasonal ingredients.
The event itself kicked off with mini calligraphy workshops for attendees from the media, followed by a general participant registration. To open the event, we showed a short profile video followed by a short speech in which I recounted the story of my calligraphy journey and how I came to make Calligraphy Styling.
As part of the event, I also had the wonderful opportunity have Flower Noritake, my favorite florist and one of the most respected in Japan, decorate my event and assist me in my first demonstration of a collaboration piece in Tokyo. We created a paper ribbon scroll to wrap around an elegant bouquet from the Flower Noritake demonstration. The combination of calligraphy on a bouquet lends an extra special touch to any flower arrangement!
I was truly grateful to see so many people at the book launch. Although I was busy running around here and there, it was great to be able to catch up with friends and ex-participants of my previous workshops. Other attendees included the media, publisher and editors, small business owners, fellow designers and makers. People both new to and familiar with calligraphy could experiment with various inks and nibs set up at the event. Everyone enjoyed beautifully plated food by SØHOLM, including salmon and cod, fishcake croquettes, scallop and seafood gratin as well as Japanese inspired fusion desserts such as sakura cheesecake and mizu-shingen mochi.