Calligrapher / Artist
Sisyu's work has appeared in the NHK period drama Ryomaden, on the NHK art program
Bi-no Tsubo (The Mark of Beauty), on decorative banners for Ise Shrine, and in promotions
in Japan for the Disney / Pixar movie Inside Out. She was the first Japanese person to
receive both a gold medal and the premiere gold medal from the Société Nationale des
Beaux-Arts (SNBA) at the 2014 exhibition held at the Louvre Museum's Carrousel du
Louvre. Art critics at the exhibition praised her work saying, "Hokusai took the three
dimensional and made it two dimensional; Sisyu takes the two dimensional and makes it
three dimensional." She was selected as the world's only Special Invitee to the following
year's exhibition. She was also the first Japanese person to receive this honor since
famed painter, Taikan Yokoyama.
In 2015, she was in charge of the Scene I (entrance hall) space of the Japan Pavilion at
EXPO Milano and received the gold prize for best exhibition.
She has brought Japan's traditional art of Sho into the realms of painting, media art, and
sculpture, creating singular works of modern art expressing the emotions and ideas
inherent to Chinese characters.
These efforts have served to communicate Japanese culture and philosophy to a global
She is a professor at Osaka University of Arts.