Originally from Japan, Takako Takigawa now lives in North Carolina. She is an experienced calligrapher of 30 years, having shown her work in many group calligraphy exhibitions. She became interested in Western calligraphy as her older sister was studying Japanese calligraphy. She has studied with some of the best teachers and has for the past 20+ years been teaching classes and workshops herself: weekly in Japan, and occasionally through the Calligraphy Centre in Winston-Salem. Takako is a member of the CLAS, Carolina Lettering Arts Society.