Tomasu Brewery Open Day

Tomasu Brewery Open Day

Sincere

Tomasu Brewery is a soy sauce brewery in Rotterdam. For their open day event in October 2019, they invited Lanka for a live performance.

In this performance, Lanka scribed the kanji characters for Shin-Shi [真摯] which stands for a sincere, earnest or a devoted being. The owners of the Tomasu Brewery chose these characters out of the proposals of Lanka. They wanted to express their devotion in producing a genuine Japanese style soy sauce in the Netherlands.

More than twenty people watched Lanka’s performance. Many of them were interested in her works and made inquiries for commissioning her art. She also received a big package of an exquisite product set of soy sauce as a token of gratitude.

Hotel Sunroute 10th Anniversary

Hotel Sunroute 10th Anniversary

Gratitude

Lanka’s first live performance with Japanese calligraphy was for the 10th anniversary celebration of the Hotel Sunroute, one of the Sotetsu Hotels in Tokyo, in 2017.

The calligraphy piece she scribed was Kan Sha [感謝], which means “gratitude”, chosen by the hotel to show their customers their gratitude at their 10th anniversary.

She performed with live music for the first time, and she was accompanied by two opera singers and a piano. Together they performed the famous opera piece Lakmé, No. 2 – Duet (Flower Duet): “Viens, Mallika, les lianes en fleurs … Dôme épais, le jasmin” (Lakmé, Mallika).

The show at the Hotel Sunroute was a thrilling experience for Lanka. She forgot the world around her during that 5 minutes! It attracted many audience members asking her about her practice and other performance works after the spectacle. This was the beginning of her ambition to do more live performances.