Ryohei Yamashita’s Calligraphic Illustrations Inspired by the Olympics

As the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics come to a close, Japan has been reflecting on what has been a highly successful and rewarding competition. Japan took home 13 medals, the most they’ve ever won at a winter Olympics. But even without the medals there’s nothing quite like watching athletes at the top of their game compete in highly entertaining sports (I’m looking at you, Curling). So much so, that illustrator Ryohei Yamashita felt inspired to create a series a calligraphic illustrations commemorating the games.

the women’s Curling team were nicknamed “Sodane” after their often-used expression of agreement

Yamashita is an illustrator who devotes his art almost exclusively to “yakudo,” a Japanese word meaning full of movement, energy or the throbbing pulse of life. And his calligraphic style syncs nicely with his theme. Yamashita has previously created visuals for domestic sporting events like the 2017 Fukuoka Triathlon and the 2018 Yokohama Marathon. If you like his style, he has a 2018 Calendar full of artwork that’s available for purchase. You can also follow him on Twitter where he posts some of his work.

We can’t wait for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo!

I think figure skating is hazardous for my health because I hold my breath the whole time


  1. Wow it’s beautiful and even better than photos

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