About Me


I am a calligrapher, artist and graphic designer. My last employments have been as a European Calligraphy and Drawing teacher at Art School Ginza, Tokyo and as an English Language ALT at Nippon Institute of Technology, Saitama. I have also worked as a freelance illustrator and as a graphic designer. In the period before going to Japan I became the translator of the Appendices of "The Lord of the Rings" for the Bulgarian edition of the book as I have been a researcher of Tolkien's works and organised the first Tolkien discussion club in this country.

I specialised in graphic design and DTP (majored in Media and Communications, Fukuyama University) as well as in Chadõ (Urasenke School of Tea Ceremony), traditional culture, arts and aesthetics in Japan where I lived for seven years until March 2011. I have a degree in Japanese Studies (Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski") as well. I have been studying and practising calligraphy since I was fifteen. I have been drawing all my conscious life. English was the fist foreign language I learned, starting at the age of three. Later I added to it Japanese, French and Russian (due to the lack of practice I feel that my speaking level of the latter two has worsened compared to my reading and comprehension level). My native language is Bulgarian.

The "Parma Eldaliéva" project has been my personal and professional top priority ever since its beginning in 2009 (the initial idea of it was conceived by me almost a decade earlier). The earthquake in Japan in March 2011 and its consequences for me forced me to unexpectedly relocate to Bulgaria. After dealing with various personal ramifications in its wake (which forced a more than half-year hiatus on my work on the project), I have been focusing almost solely on "Parma Eldalieva" and/or on solving problems that have been threatening it. It is a matter of great joy and profound satisfaction for me to finally be able to announce the accomplishment of the manuscript of the first "Parma Eldalieva", despite all the difficulties and delay!

(Portrait photo by Peteer, 2013.)



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