Shoka “Naoko” Stonelake was born in Fukuoka, Japan.
Having grown up in Buddhist temple family, she loves Japanese culture and arts. Throughout her life, Naoko has always been fascinated by calligraphy and the beauty of nature, especially flowers. Naturally, she was drawn to Japanese calligraphy art and started Shodo from age 6. Her interest was cultivated while living with her grandmother who was practicing Japanese calligraphy art, and then further developed when Naoko moved to the US. Her appreciation of her own culture grew as she started living in foreign country. She studied foreign language and Educational Psychology at California State University East Bay.
Naoko also trained as a teacher and instructor. Since 2010 she has operated a full Japanese immersion program for young children between 2 and 5. She uses calligraphy art as a part of the program and loves working with children.
Naoko has been certified as a calligraphy instructor from Bunka Shodo Japan since 2017 and has been teaching kids and adults. Currently, She is pursuing a teaching certificate from the Japanese Etegami Association in Tokyo. She is also a member of Ikebana international and is practicing Sogetsu flower arrangement. Naoko lives and works in Lake Oswego with her husband, daughter, and dog.
1968年福岡県の寺院に生まれ 北九州大学外国部学部 カリフォルニア州立大学教育心理学修士号卒業