Fukui Prefecture native Kyuyo Ishikawa (b. 1945) is a chirographer and a leading expert in calligraphy and its history. His “Sakazuki Senjimon” series comprises 1,000 sake drinking cups, on which he wrote each of the 1,000 characters of “The Senjimon,” a poem also known as “The Thousand-Character Classic.” The Chinese poem was used there for many centuries to teach children Chinese characters.

Also on show are some works from Ishikawa’s “The Tale of Genji” series and other recent pieces; till July 10.

Museum of Arts & Crafts, Itami, and Itami City Museum of Art, (072) 772-5557, 2-5-28 Miyanomae, Itami; 9-min. walk northeast of Itami Station, Hankyu Itami Line, 6-min. walk northwest of Itami Station, JR Takarazuka Line. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Admission free. Closed Mon. www.mac-itami.com.

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