Hiroko Shimizu is a calligrapher, teacher and letter cutter living in Hyogo, Japan. She started calligraphy in 1994 while living in Boston and enthusiastically studied it for three years until she returned to Japan. She continued active study afterward by participating in workshops, international conferences, and symposiums oversea. Hiroko has been teaching regularly for 23 years and conducting workshops in major cities in Japan. Her characteristic flexibility is reflected not only in her work but also in her teaching style. Her work has been frequently selected for Letter Arts Review Annual since 2002 and exhibited internationally. She had a solo exhibition in Bruges in the summer of 2021. Hiroko runs Studio Letter Arts in Ashiya, and is a deputy executive director of NPO Japan Letter Arts Forum.