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Miyoko Yoshida
Chigiri-e master
Miyoko was born in 1940, when Japan was in the middle of war, from which her father never returned. She was born and raised in a tiny town, north of Tokyo, she lived with her 3 sisters and a brother in a little shack. Life was tough in those times without a breadwinner around to provide income for their family. Miyoko did not have an opportunity to go to school or make friends because she needed to work and help her mother with their subsistence farm.
Miyoko was fortunate to meet her husband, Yasuo, through an arranged marriage. They built a modest house close to her hometown to raise their 3 children.
Though the culture and day-to-day life was rapidly changing in Japan and in Miyoko’s world, she was always sensitive to the color of changing leaves, fog-covered mountains, ground-crawling insects, spring-calling birds, snow-falling skies,…

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  • Joined January 7, 2009

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About

Miyoko Yoshida
Chigiri-e master
Miyoko was born in 1940, when Japan was in the middle of war, from which her father never returned. She was born and raised in a tiny town, north of Tokyo, she lived with her 3 sisters and a brother in a little shack. Life was tough in those times without a breadwinner around to provide income for their family. Miyoko did not have an opportunity to go to school or make friends because she needed to work and help her mother with their subsistence farm.
Miyoko was fortunate to meet her husband, Yasuo, through an arranged marriage. They built a modest house close to her hometown to raise their 3 children.
Though the culture and day-to-day life was rapidly changing in Japan and in Miyoko’s world, she was always sensitive to the color of changing leaves, fog-covered mountains, ground-crawling insects, spring-calling birds, snow-falling skies, crunchy-frosted earth and sweet-ripened fruits. Nature and the changing of seasons were very important in farming as well as shaping Miyoko’s artistic eyes to see and feel the beauty of a simple rural life.
Now Miyoko is a retiree, living happily with her husband still in their original home. Her artworks capture her love and appreciation of the beautiful seasonal flowers and plants around her. She says she feels an even stronger bond with nature at her advanced age. Miyoko’s Chigiri-e works are the only way for us to see what she sees, nostalgic sights we often miss in our busy modern lives.

1995 Miyoko fell in love with the delicate beauty of Washi (Japanese handmade papers), and started learning Chigirie under the only Chigirie master in her region.

1998 Miyoko obtained her master license in Chigirie, and started teaching classes locally.

2006 Miyoko’s first Chirigie website became available.
www.chigirie.studioyoshida.com

2007 After showing her art works at local art festivals every year, Miyoko decided to challenge the Tokyo New Art Museum open exhibition; and she
won the first place award in Chigirie.

2008 Miyoko’s first magazine article was published in an Argentinean magazine “Uno Mismo”. Miyoko loves and creates Chigiri-e everyday.

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