Koganei-shi Tokyo, Japan
Hello, my name's Akiko Sakuma (佐久間明子).
But the name I use in calligraphy is Hoyu Sakuma
I teach English to Japanese students at an English School called ECC.
My major at my college was English literature, and I have been studying calligraphy since I was eight.
I enjoy teaching calligraphy to both Japanese students and also to exchange students from the U.S.A. at my classroom.
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My expertise in calligraphy is writing poems with kana, which is one of the alphabets of Japanese.
My works were exhibited at the Mainichi Shodo-ten, the largest calligraphy exhibition in Japan, in 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015. My works were also exhibited at the Nisshoten, another reputable calligraphy exhibition, and at that exhibition I received the Honorable Mention Award in 2012, and a merit award in 2014.
I am qualified as rank one calligrapher "一科" for Nisshoten.
I was born in Tokyo, Japan in 1960 and I continue to live in Tokyo. I have a husband and two children.