Chinese calligraphy expert to lecture at Puget Sound

September 24, 2008

TACOMA, Wash. – Toshiharu (Kunpei) Kawachi, an expert on Chinese calligraphy, is coming to University of Puget Sound to deliver the lecture “The Influence of Chinese Calligraphy Technique on Japanese Calligraphic Saint Kukai (774–835).” The talk is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 15, in Wyatt Hall, Room 109. The event is free and open to the public.

Kawachi, who completed his studies at University of Tsukuba and Daito Bunka University, has devoted much of his research to the study of the history and aesthetics of Chinese calligraphy, and Huang Daozhou’s theory of calligraphy. He also is a renowned calligrapher in Japan.

Kawachi’s lecture is part of the Chism Lecture Series, made possible by the Chism Fund. The Chism Lecture in Humanities and Arts is named after Seattle businesswoman and patron of the arts Catharine Gould Chism. Upon her death Chism left $1.25 million to University of Puget Sound for an endowment that provides support for the arts and humanities.

Editor’s Note: A print-quality photo of Toshiharu (Kunpei) Kawachi is available on the University of Puget Sound Web site at