Faculty Members

Mr. Morihiko Otaki

Mr. Morihiko Otaki

Faculty Member

Vice Chairman, Pasona Inc.
Director, Giga Praize Co., Ltd
Director Henry Schein Japan Inc.
Director, NGK Spark Plug Co., Ltd
Former President, Johnson & Johnson Vision Care Japan

Profile

Mr. Morihiko Otaki served as President for Johnson & Johnson Vision Care Japan for 25 years, from 1996-2011. Prior to that, he was General Sales Manager for DNP (America) (1983) in New York City. He graduated from Keio University in 1973 and spent his early career working for Dai Nippon Printing. In 2011, he assumed the role of Vice Chairman for Pasona, and Advisor for KCJ Group. He has since been appointed Director for NGK Spark Plug (2013), Henry Schein Japan (2016), and Giga Praize (2018).

Mr. Koichi Komatsu

Mr. Koichi Komatsu

Faculty Member

Vice Chairman, Pasona Inc.
Former President and CEO, Mitsubishi International Corporation

Profile

Mr. Koichi Komatsu has served for Mitsubishi Corporation since 1972. He was appointed as President and CEO of Mitsubishi International Corporation, New York, in 2009, later acquiring position of Chairman in 2010. Prior to this, Komatsu worked for Business Innovation Group (2003-2008) in role of Executive President and Member of the Board. He was educated at Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo (1972) and went on to further his studies in the Harvard Advanced Management Program in 2000. During his early career, he also served for the Investment and Banking Services. He became an Advisor for Pasona Inc. in 2011 and has since been appointed Vice Chairman of the company.

 

Mr. Gilles Maucout

Mr. Gilles Maucout

Faculty Member

Tea Master

Profile

Gilles Maucout has practiced Japanese Tea ceremony for more than 30 years under direct supervision of Sohen Ryu Shoden An Grand Masters: Iwata Soryu then Iwata Sogen. And was therafter granted the tea name: SOKI. He also practices Kyudô (Honda Ryu) under the supervision of Tokuda sensei and Kôdô (Shino Ryu) under the guidance of 21st generation Hachiya Souhitsu. These various teachings enabled him to gain a global insight on martial arts and their interaction with the conduit of business on a human, personal and managerial point of view, which was indeed the purpose of the training of young samurai in the Edo period. Business wise, Gilles has been for 40 years sales director in a global French company, with experience in countries as various as Madagascar, Nigeria, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong -Kong, Indonesia, Philippines, China Poland and France. These simultaneous experiences (team management, martial arts, and very different fields of application) over a very long period in time enabled him to find the common grounds of both martial arts and management, and their benefits on a business point of views. Gilles is currently a consultant in management practices, and his business attitude is to emphasize on preparation, capacity to listen, to motivate, and to enable people in a team to work out efficient solutions while maintaining at all levels determination and harmony.

Ms. Hiromi Yokoi

Ms. Hiromi Yokoi

Faculty Member

Special Correspondent for JIJI Press

<Major Works>
Series of columns , “Walking along Romantic Road” (NHK radio textbook “Mainichi Doitsugo”-Everyday German Language-)
Special feature article and photos in travel guide “Spain” , “Pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela” (Jitsugyo no Nihon Sha, Ltd.)
“Spouse of Ambassadors” (Asahi Newspaper)

Profile

Ms. Hiromi Yokoi has been working as a Special Correspondent for JIJI Press since 2001. In this role, she has accomplished a lot of interviews of both Japanese and foreign politicians, diplomats and business magnates including the President of Peru, Mr. Fujimori, the Prime Minister of Iceland, Mr. Oddson, and over 120 Ambassadors stationed in Japan. In addition to this, she has travelled to over 70 countries to journal about the charms of the world for JIJI.com and wrote a series of essays about gourmet and agriculture for “AGRIO” magazine. Prior to her role at JIJI, she was an announcer and caster for TV Tokyo from 1995-2001. During this time, she acted as a mediator between viewers and famous TV casts like professional sports athletes, actors and politicians, and made good reports. In recent years she has been involved in several TV Productions for TV Channel and also dedicates her time to providing lectures and seminars relating to Tourism.

Prof. Masahiko Horie

Prof. Masahiko Horie

Faculty Member

Special Advisor to the President of Meiji University
Councillor of International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Former Ambassador for Global Environmental Affairs
Former Ambassador to Qatar and Ambassador to Malaysia

Profile

Mr. Masahiko Horie served as Japanese Ambassador to Malaysia from 2007 to 2011. He was later appointed as Ambassador for Global Environmental Affairs and attended a series of COPs (COP17 to COP21) on Climate Change. Ambassador Horie chaired the 48th International Tropical Timber Council (ITTO) in 2012. He was elected as Councillor of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in 2013 and again in 2016 and continuing his efforts for the nature conservation of this Planet. He has been a member of the Advisory Board of the United Nations Secretary General’s initiative “Sustainable Energy for All” and making contributions mobilizing Japanese knowhow for promoting energy efficiency improvement of the world. Since 2012, he serves as UTM Distinguished Ambassador at the Malaysia-Japan International Institute of Technology (MJIIT). He is Professor at Meiji University, Tokyo, where he gives lectures on Japanese Diplomacy. He also teaches at Kyoto University and Tsukuba University on Global Environmental Issues.

Mr. Terrie Lloyd

Mr. Terrie Lloyd

Faculty Member

CEO JapanTravel
CEO, Metroworks

Profile

Terrie Lloyd is a 60-year dual-national of Australia and New Zealand, who has lived in Japan for 34 years. A “self-made man” in the truest sense, he formed his first company while in Japan on a working holiday visa at the age of 25. Since then, he has established another 17 companies of his own and many others for clients.

He has brought his investors 8 successful earn-outs: LINC Computer in Japan and Techman in Hong Kong sold to EDS in 1995, the Web division of LINC Media sold to Chinadotcom in 1999, Layer-8 Technologies spun out to ThetaMusic in 2003, DaiJob Software Inc. sold to Nikko Principal in 2004, DaiJob Inc. sold to Human Holdings in 2005, and Esphion Ltd. in New Zealand sold to Allot Communications Inc. of Israel in 2007.

Currently he is the CEO of travel web portal Japan Travel KK, inbound market research/consulting firm Japan Inc. Holdings, and software development firm MetroWorks. Between them, these companies employ 25 staff. JapanTravel is Japan’s largest inbound travel portal (by content volume), and has more than 35,000 contributors writing 28,000+ articles in 13 languages.

Website: www.japantravel.com

Mr. Hiro Katsuse

Mr. Hiro Katsuse

Faculty Member

Pasona Special Advisor
Kanagawa Prefecture Tourism Policy Advisor
Osaka DMO Tourism Policy Advisor
Fortress Investment Capital Advisor (a US investment company with more than 100 hotels)
SQUEEZE Co. Ltd. Advisor (Japan’s largest private housing operation consignment company)

Profile

Hiro Katsuse served as Japan’s representative for the world’s largest travel agency, Booking.com, from 2014 to 2016 and as a result, he was able to surpass JTB and attract the most inbound travelers。

After his time at Booking.com, he utilized his knowledge in booking hotels to serve as an advisor to many companies and local governments, including Pasona, promoting acceptance on the Japanese side of Minpaku and consulting with DMOs to increase tourism in Japan.

Prof. Yoshiaki Nomura

Prof. Yoshiaki Nomura

Faculty Member

Professor Emeritus, Osaka University;
Global Leadership Program Professor
Osaka University School of International Public Policy

<Major Works>
“Fall of Extraterritoriality and Resurgence of Choice of Law in Global Securities Litigation.” Japanese Yearbook of International Law, Vol. 60 (2017)
“Activity-based Jurisdiction of Japanese Courts-A Bold but Unnecessary Departure.” Japanese Yearbook of International Law Vol.55 (2012)

Profile

Yoshiaki Nomura is a professor appointed for Global Leadership Program and former dean at Osaka School of International Public Policy, Osaka University, Japan. He obtained an LLM at Harvard (1986) and a LLB at Osaka University (1976). His specialties include international business law, international private law, international civil litigation, international economic law, and negotiation. Additionally he has offered seminars and courses in global leadership. From 2002, he has been Chair of Steering Committee, Intercollegiate Negotiation Competition, and from 2009, Chief Executive Director of Non-profit Corporation Global Leadership Association. He was also a member of National Bar Examination Commission (2008-2014) and member of the Legislative Council of the Ministry of Justice, Commercial Law Division (2014 – 2016).

Mr. Peter Hamann

Mr. Peter Hamann

Faculty Member

Ceramist
Tea Master

Profile

Peter Hamann is an American-born ceramic artist who has lived in Japan more than 30 years and is now a Japanese citizen with the name Sougen Itani. He grew up in Iowa and started his studies of ceramics in the United States and New Zealand. He then relearned ceramics in Japan, where he was introduced to Chanoyu, or the Japanese tea ceremony. He studied the Way of Tea in the Yabunouchi style with Master Fukuda Chikuyu, currently teaches Tea, and helps with tea ceremonies at various venues in Japan. He holds an annual tea ceremony in his traditional Japanese-style home in Sasayama City in Hyōgo, where he also has established his ceramics studio and shows his art work. His creation of ceramics is strongly integrated with his practice of the tea ceremony.

Mr. Hamann believes that the appreciation and respect for objects of quality that Chanoyu teaches is an important aspect of traditional Japanese culture. His involvement in Chanoyu also makes Mr. Hamann a firm believer in the utility of the pieces he makes. Mr. Hamann specializes in refined carved porcelain. He has developed his own interpretation of the medium over time since early encounters with carved porcelain in Japan. The bold patterns of his recent pieces transform the shape of the vessel, blurring the line between shape and surface decoration. His pieces have been recognized at juried shows across Japan, such as the Traditional Japanese Kogei (Art Crafts) Exhibitions. In 1996, he was accepted into the prestigious Japan Kogei Association and remains its only Western member.

Prof. Yukiko Nakagawa

Prof. Yukiko Nakagawa

Faculty Member

Professor for Graduate School of Business, Rikkyo University
External board member of EDION Co.,Ltd.

<Major works>
“The gender diversity–firm performance relationship by industry type, working hours, and inclusiveness: An empirical study of Japanese firms.” Journal of Diversity Management (2015)
“The Effect of Women Managers and Gender Diversity on Firm Performance.” Journal of Diversity Management (2014)
“CEOs Leadership, Mediated By The Operating System And Line Managers’ Involvement Effect In the “GDM In HRM” Business Case In US, Korean And Japanese Firms” International Journal of Application or Innovation in Engineering & Management

Profile

Yukiko Nakagawa is a professor for the Graduate School of Business Administration at Rikkyo University. She specialises in Human Resources with more than 20 years’ experience as HRM professional for career design and US-Japan manufacturing and banking, as well as 7 years’ experience as head of HR. She attained a PhD at Keio University with a thesis titled “Will female managers change Japanese HRM- empirical studies of 745 Japanese companies’ quantitative analysis and 4 companies’ qualitative analysis“. Additionally, her research field focused on diversity management and global talent development.

She is also appointed external board member of EDION Co.,Ltd ( Tokyo Listed Company).

Prof. Heizo Takenaka

Prof. Heizo Takenaka

Chairman, Faculty Member

Chairman of Pasona Group
Professor Emeritus, Keio University
Professor, Toyo University
Former Minister for Internal Affairs & Communications
Former Minister for Economic/Fiscal Policy
Former Minister for Finance

<Major Works>

“The Structural Reforms of the Koizumi Cabinet” (2008)
“Policy Crisis and the Japanese Economy – A Search for the Causes of the Economic Slowdown in the 1990s” (2001)
“The Economy in which Fast Movers Win” (1998)

Profile

Heizo Takenaka is a professor emeritus at Keio University and a professor at Toyo University in Japan. He served as Minister for Economic and Fiscal Policy (2001-2006). In his capacity as an economist and as part of his social activities, he also serves on several advisory boards and committees such as Member of the Policy Council under Abe Administration; Director of Academy hills, Chairman of Pasona Group, Outside Director of Orix Corporation and Outside Director, SBI Holdings Inc. He was named to the Foundation Board of the World Economic Forum in 2007. Professor Takenaka’s research interest is in economic policy.

Mr. Yasushi Akashi

Mr. Yasushi Akashi

Faculty Member

Chairman, International House of Japan
Former Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations

<Major Works>

My Cambodian PKO Diary (2017)
How to negotiate with “Dictators”
(2010)
In the Valley between War and Peace- Personalities I met (2007)
The United Nations- Its History and Prospects (2006)

Profile

Mr. Akashi graduated from the University of Tokyo in 1954. He thereafter studied at the University of Virginia as a Fulbright Scholar, and later at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. He joined the United Nations Secretariat in 1957, as the first Japanese staff member at the UN. He held numerous positions in the UN community, served as Ambassador at the Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations, UN Under-Secretary-General for Public Information and later for Disarmament Affairs, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Cambodia and later for the Former Yugoslavia, and then Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs until the end of 1997. Currently, he is Chairman of the International House of Japan, Representative of the Government of Japan on Peace-Building in Sri Lanka, President of the Japanese Organization for International Cooperation in Family Planning (JOICFP), and Visiting Professor of Kwansei Gakuin University.

Dr. Koichiro Matsuura

Dr. Koichiro Matsuura

Faculty Member

Director-General of UNESCO (1999-2009)
Chairperson, World Heritage Committee of UNESCO (1998-1999)
Ambassador of Japan to France and concurrently to Andorra and Djibouti (1994-1999)
Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs (Sherpa for Japan at the G-7 Summit) (1992-1994)
Director-General, North American Affairs Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1990-1992)
Director-General, Economic Cooperation Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1988-1990)

<Major Works>

2009 Africa (in Japanese)
2008 World Heritage (in Japanese)
1998 Japanese Diplomacy at the Dawn of the 21st Century (in French)
1994The G-7 Summit: Its History and Perspectives (in Japanese)

Profile

Koïchiro Matsuura led UNESCO as its Director-General for ten years (1999-2009). Prior to that, he served as Japan’s Ambassador to France and chair of UNESCO’s flagship World Heritage Committee. He was educated at the Law Faculty of the University of Tokyo, and at Haverford College, where he earned a BA in Economics, and later, an honorary doctorate in law from his alma mater. His diplomatic career began with a posting to Ghana in 1961 covering ten West African countries. In the 1970s he went on to serve as Counselor at the Embassy of Japan in Washington, DC, and later as Consul General in Hong Kong. As Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs from 1992-1994, he was Japan’s Sherpa for the G-7 Summit. Since returning to Japan in 2010, he has assumed a number of posts, including the president of the Africa Society of Japan, and received a Ph.D.from Ritsumeikan University in Japan for his thesis on Africa.

Mr. Kenzo Oshima

Mr. Kenzo Oshima

Faculty Member

Entered the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1967)
Served at the Embassy of Japan in France, India, US, Australia, and the Permanent Mission in New York
Director-General, Economic Cooperation Bureau (MOFA) (1997-99)
Director-General, Office for International Peace Cooperation (Prime Minister’s Office)
Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, United Nations (2001-03)
Ambassador to Australia (2003-04)
Ambassador to the United Nations (2004-07)
Senior Vice-President, JICA (2007-11)
Member, Diet-appointed Investigation Commission of the Fukushima Nuclear Accident (2011)
Commissioner, Japan Nuclear Regulation Authority (2012-13)

Profile

Kenzo Oshima is a retired diplomat, with extensive work experience in the United Nations and practitioner experiences in international development and humanitarian areas at the Foreign Ministry and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). Currently, Mr. Oshima is serving as the Managing Director of the Africa Society of Japan and as Guest Professor at Hiroshima University and Kwansei University.

Prof. Mitoji Yabunaka

Prof. Mitoji Yabunaka

Faculty Member

Specially Appointed Professor of Ritsumeikan University, Osaka University
Foreign Affairs Undersecretary
Former Deputy Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs
Former Director General of Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau
Former Japanese Consulate-General to Chicago
Former Japanese Representative to Geneva
Former International Institute for Strategic Studies (London) Principal Investigator
Former North American Affairs Bureau Section Manager (Japan-US Economic Friction)

<Major Works>

New Rules for Japan in the Trump Era (2017)
A Japan that Won’t Lose to the World (2016)
The Course of Japan―The Hint is in Its Neighbors (2015)
National Fate (2010)
Economic Negotiations with the US—A Real Image(1991)

Profile

Professor Mitoji Yabunaka entered the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) in 1969 and served at the Embassy of Japan in South Korea, Indonesia and the US. After becoming Director of the Second North America Division, North American Affairs Bureau (specializing in US-Japan economic friction), he worked as Senior Researcher at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) in London. Subsequently, he became the Counselor at the Permanent Mission of Japan in Geneva. In 2002, he was appointed as the Director-General of the Asian and Oceanic Affairs Bureau and took on the role of Chief Representative of the Japanese Government at the Six-Party Talks on the North Korea nuclear issue. He then became the Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs and served as a G8 summit Sherpa. He also became the chief negotiator of the Economic Partnership Agreement with Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand. In 2008, he was appointed as the Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs. Since his retirement in 2010, he has become a Professor at the Ritsumeikan University and Osaka University.

 

Mr. Tatsuo Yamasaki

Mr. Tatsuo Yamasaki

Faculty Member

Advisor of International Finance to Mitsubishi Corporation
Former Vice Minister of Finance for International Affairs,
Ministry of Finance, Japan

Profile

Tatsuo Yamasaki served as Vice Minister of Finance for International Affairs from July 2014 until July 2015. Prior to that, he was assigned as the Director-General of the International Bureau of the Japanese Ministry of Finance in August 2012, after serving for two years as the Senior Deputy Director-General of this Bureau. He joined the Ministry of Finance in 1980, then went on to work as a Chief Economist of the JBIC from 1997 to 2000, based in Singapore. Between 2000 and 2008, he served as the Director and the Deputy Director-General in the International Bureau of the Ministry of Finance. From 2008 through to 2010, he worked as the Deputy Commissioner for International Affairs of the Japanese Financial Services Agency. During this period, he also assumed the position of Vice chairman on the Executive Committee of the International Association of Insurance Supervisors (IAIS). Mr. Yamasaki has also been Senior Professor of the International University of Health and Welfare since September 2015.

Mr. Seiichi Kondo

Mr. Seiichi Kondo

Faculty Member

Director of Kondo Institute for Culture & Diplomacy
Ambassador Special Envoy for UN Affairs
Former Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Denmark
Former Ambassador to UNESCO

<Major Works>
Sekaini Tsutaeru Nihon no kokoro (2016)
FUJISAN Sekai Isan Eno Michi (2014)
The Owl of Minerva and the Future of JapanMineruva no Fukuro to Asu no Nihon(2012)
Wielding Soft Power: The Key Stages of Transmission and Reception (2008)
WTO Negotiations under the Impact of Globalization: The Opportunity and Challenges of Multilateralism in the Twenty-first Century (2008)

Profile

Ambassador Seiichi KONDO is Director of Kondo Institute for Culture & Diplomacy. He was appointed Ambassador Special Envoy for UN Affairs in December, 2013. He served as Commissioner of the Agency for Cultural Affairs from 2010 to 2013. He was previously Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Denmark and to the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO). He graduated from the University of Tokyo in 1971, and joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1972.

Prof. Gerry Curtis

Prof. Gerry Curtis

Faculty Member

Professor Emeritus of Political Science Former Director of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Columbia University
Director, US-Japan Parliamentary Exchange Program
Author of publications both in English and Japanese

<Major Works>
Seiji to Sanma – Nihon to Kurashite 45 nen (Politics and Saury: 45 Years Living with Japan) (2008)
The Logic of Japanese Politics (1999)
The Japanese Way of Politics (1988)
Election Campaigning Japanese Style (1971)

Profile

Professor Gerry Curtis is known in Japan and throughout the world for his expertise on political and social change in Japan, American policy in East Asia and US-Japan relations.  He has a Ph.D in political science from Columbia University and has published several books on Japanese politics. His books are not only studied by foreign students interested in Japan but have also been required readings for generations of Japanese college students. Fluent in Japanese, he is a popular speaker and author and appears often in the Japanese mass media. He has been involved with Japan for more than 50 years and lives both in Tokyo and New York.  He has a huge network of contacts in Japan and has known every prime minister since the mid-1960s. An accomplished jazz pianist as well as scholar he can often be found playing at jazz clubs in Tokyo.

Prof. Kent Calder

Prof. Kent Calder

Faculty Member

Vice Dean, Faculty Affairs and International Research Cooperation, SAIS and Johns Hopkins University
Director for the Edwin O. Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies
Former First Executive Director, Program on U.S.-Japan Relations, Harvard University
Former First Director, Program on U.S.-Japan Relations, Princeton University
Former Japan Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies
Former Special Advisor to the U.S. Ambassador to Japan
Former Professor Emeritus, Princeton University

<Major Works>
Circles of Compensation: Economic Growth and the Globalization of Japan ( 2017 )
Singapore: Smart City, Smart State (2016 )

Profile

Professor Calder received his A.M. M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard University. In 1979, Professor Calder became the first Executive Director of Harvard University’s Program on U.S.-Japan Relations, and Lecturer on Government at Harvard. In 1983, he became Assistant Professor at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, and was promoted to tenured professor at Princeton in 1989. From 1989 to 1993, and again in 1996, Professor Calder also served as Japan Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). From 1997 to 2001, Professor Calder he served as Special Advisor to the U.S. Ambassador to Japan. Since 2003, he Professor Calder has served as the Edwin O. Reischauer Professor of East Asian Studies and Director of the Edwin O. Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies at SAIS/Johns Hopkins University. Professor Calder he has been giving lectures on Japan-U.S. relations for over 38 years. Professor Calder has played an important role in promoting people-to-people exchange and building trust, which serve as the basis of the Japan-U.S. alliance. Professor Calder’s work in Japanese politics is highly regarded in both Japan and the United States and he has received numerous awards, including the Mainichi Asia-Taiheiyo Grand Prize (1997), In 2014 he was also awarded a Japanese Imperial decoration, the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon, in recognition of his contribution to Japan Studies and to US-Japan relations.

Ms. Keishosai Ogasawara

Ms. Keishosai Ogasawara

Faculty Member

Primary Head of the Ogasawara House of Etiquette Granddaughter of head priest Nichiei Ogasawara who is sister of Tadamune Ogasawara, the former primary head of house(passed away in 1996)

<Major Works>
Nihonjin no kokoro to katachi (2017)
Hakushakuke no shikitari (2014)
Daremo oshietekurenai Otoko no reigisahou (2010)
Osoreirimasu [Excuse Me] (2005)

Profile

Prior to 1996, Keishosai Ogasawara was the secondary head of house of the Ogasawara-style, in 1996 she became the primary head of house, which boasts about a 700 year history. As the first woman to serve as head of house, she has drawn the attention of many. With solid knowledge of the content of the family book which has been handed down from generations, she not only offers instruction, but also gives lectures and produces her own literature on the subject. Many businesses, schools, and various organizations continue to request her lectures on etiquette and manners, such as business manner training, seminars, and ceremonial occasions, as well as hospitality which incorporates the Ogasawara-style.

Website: www.ogasawararyu-reihou.com/

Sisyu

Sisyu

Faculty Member

Calligraphic Artist

Major Awards:

– Presented and introduced own art works to the Emperor and the Empress (2017)
– Expo Milano 2015 Japan Pavilion “The best Exhibition Design” Gold Award(2015)
– Guest of Honor Artist Award at Salon SNBA, Carrousel du Louvre, Paris(2015)
– Artist of Japan Award at Salon SNBA, Carrousel du Louvre, Paris(2014)
– Most Prestigious Jury’s Gold Award at Salon SNBA, Carrousel du Louvre, Paris(2014)
– SNBA Gold Award at Salon SNBA, Carrousel du Louvre, Paris(2014)
– Cultural Young Leader Award at G1 summit(2013)
– Architectural, Art and Culture Award at Laval Virtual, France(2012)
– A letter of Appreciation from Ministry of Defense, Japan(2012)

Profile

Sisyu, a Japanese​ ​artist officially recognized by the Japanese government and had a great privilege of showing her art works to the Emperor and the Empress in person. In her latest endeavor, she was invited to Paris, France by Societe Nationale des Beaux-Arts (founded 155 years ago by Rodin) in year 2014 and 2015 as a VIP guest. There, she adorned the entrance area of the art exhibition (Art Salon) at the basement hall “Carrousel du Louvre” with 250 m² of floor space. Known for incorporating Japanese calligraphy into other art forms such as sculptures, media arts, and paintings, her latest artwork adds calligraphy etched in iron and glasses to the collection. This has evolved into a grander scale that combines sculptures, lights, and shadows. Through this work, Sisyu symbolizes the Japanese soul of “Zen” and sends the traditional work of calligraphy “Sho” into the new age with new perspectives.

Website: www.e-sisyu.com/en/