Litarary Revelations is thrilled to bring you again the stunning art of Hikari, as well as the story of her generosity toward our publishing house.
Hikari is a Japanese artist whose craft is influenced by Nohgaku, one of the traditional styles of Japanese theater passed down from generation to generation for more than 650 years. In 2001 Nohgaku was proclaimed by UNESCO a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.” [https://www.unesco.emb-japan.go.jp/htm/nogaku.htm]
More on Nohgaku
Nohgaku is a traditional Japanese performing art combining music, dance, and theatre.
The program of Nohgaku performances typically starts with a Kyogen play followed by a Noh play or consists of two Noh plays and one Kyogen play which is performed in between the Noh plays. The performance style of presenting a Kyogen play in between Noh plays was established already in the Muromachi Period. This is, of course, largely due to the historical fact that Noh and Kyogen have belonged to the same performing arts group as forms of theater derived from Sarugaku, but it is also a result of the popularity of Kyogen plays that carry on the comical quality of Sarugaku. The audiences have been enjoying the relaxing time offered by the Kyogen plays performed in between profound Noh plays.see http://kanazawanohgakukai.jp/en/about-nohgaku/
This perfect balance between Noh and Kyogen is perhaps one of the reasons why Nohgaku has been loved for centuries.
Hikari’s bio and her gift to Literary Revelations
Hikari was born in Tokyo. She lived in Paris until the age of 15 when she returned to Tokyo where she presently resides. After graduating from university, Hikari started working as a Certified Public Accountant.
Here is Hikari talking about her own art: “I am an artist, and my works express something that cannot be expressed in words. My passion for drawing and colors conveys a beautiful world in harmony with nature through the gradation of colors. My art is inspired by the spirit of Japanese Nohgaku, an art which I also practice.”
Most recently Hikari drew for Literary Revelations a piece of exquisite art. We are more than thrilled to feature it and most grateful for it. The art below is Hikari’s second gift to us and is inspired by the “Lotus Flower” a work of her mentor Professor Naoki Kimura. You can find her first drawing she gifted to us here.
My Thoughts on Hikari’s Fabulous Work
Hikari uses vibrant colors to showcase the intricacy and depth of the Nohgaku art. She captures the atmosphere in which any spectator of a Nohgaku performance is emersed in. Hikari’s drawings engage most senses and recreate an entire performance with its lively movements and striking facial expressions. Her colors are sonorous and silent at the same time. They transport you in a world of formidable emotions where the link between the human soul and nature blossoms like a beautiful lotus at the end of a long rainy season.
There is power in Hikari’s drawings: power stemming from the delicacy of the line, the finesse of the structure, the patterns of the costumes, and the dimensionality of the spaces she creates.
There is beauty in Hikari’s drawings: beauty lasts forever, and so will Hikari’s drawings.
Hikari, thank you.
Hikari: Exhibition, Beauty, and Generosity
Between February 27 – March 4, 2023 Hikari had an exhibition at Gallery Art Point [Reflection 1] Tokyo, Japan. Together with her beautiful drawings that you can see below she displayed copies of Literary Revelations’ first published book Hidden in Childhood: A Poetry Anthology. She bought copies of our book and she gifted them to her friends. She translated into Japanize my poem If I say I love you, a poem nominated for 2019 Publication of the Year at Spillwords Press, and her interpretation of it. I am deeply grateful for her generosity toward me and toward Literary Revelations.
My thanks to you Hikari are forever. And so is my friendship.
Pictures from Gallery Art Point [Reflection 1] Tokyo, Japan.
- Hikari and her mentor Professor Naoki Kimura. On the walls Hikari’s beautiful drawings.
- Hikari’s drawings. In one of the pictures on a glass tables you can see copies of our book Hidden in Childhood: A Poetry Anthology.
- The last picture features Hikari’s presentation of me and Literary Revelations, as well as that of Virginia Mateias, a superb poet and friend, and one of Literary Revelations’ collaborators.
Gabriela Marie Milton
Author, Publisher, Editor