A shikishi is a squarish board of stiff white paper typically used as a vehicle for ink painting and calligraphy. A work of art created on shikishi can also be called shikishi, the same way an oil painting gets called a canvas. The shikishi format has been in use since the 12th century and is still going strong. Owing to its handiness for both drawing and writing with ink, shikishi is popular at meet-the-mangaka events today. The shikishi below was given to voice actress Uesaka Sumire by Kio Shimoku in honour of her work as the voice of Rika Yoshitaki in the Genshiken Nidaime anime. Sources: Top. Bottom. See also.