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Traditional Shodo Calligraphy Lesson in Kyoto with an English-Speaking Teacher

Japanese Shodo Calligraphy

Try your hand at traditional Japanese calligraphy.

Experience Zen in the monochromatic traditional Japanese art of shodo (calligraphy). Learn how to write kanji characters in a friendly environment and enjoy the meditative process of putting brush to paper and creating your own elegant works of art.

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If you are one of the many who are simultaneously fascinated with and intimidated by the art of Japanese calligraphy and the design properties of intricate-looking kanji, this introduction class is for you. Kanji was originally a set of hieroglyphs, so painting the characters is not that difficult if you approach it as drawing a picture or pictograph. Under the patient and expert guidance of English-speaking instructors, even beginners can create beautiful artwork they can be proud of.

Shodo, or Japanese calligraphy, is a traditional artistic expression involving the writing of Chinese-based characters (kanji) using a brush dipped in smooth and vibrant black ink on stark white paper (washi).

With calligraphy, it is literally "different strokes for different folks." While it may seem like a simple and straightforward enough form of artwork, the beauty of calligraphy is that the results can vastly differ according to the person wielding the brush.

According to neuroscientists, mindful writing rests the brain and sparks creativity, so why not take a step back and unplug from the fast-moving modern world? Rest your mind, set your heart at ease and create a lasting and memorable piece of art in a traditional townhouse in historical old-world Kyoto.

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  • Duration: 1.5 hour(s)
  • Available: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat
  • Pick-up: Not available
  • Inclusion: English-speaking instructor / Japanese-speaking instructor / Black ink / Japanese paper / Shodo tools
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Starting time: 10:00 16:00
Starting time: 10:00 16:00
  • 10:00 Check-in at Ami Kyoto
  • Introduction to Shodo (20 minutes )
    6 Gain basic Japanese calligraphy knowledge as the teacher talks about the history and background of this traditional art.
  • Calligraphy Demonstration (15 minutes)
    1 Learn the basic concepts of shodo through your teacher's demonstration as they explain the proper way to wield the brush and the balance of the lines and strokes.
  • Calligraphy Time (55 minutes)
    Kyoto calligraphy class Now, relax and give it a try yourself. The instructor will guide you in choosing the kanji characters you wish to write and give you tips on achieving balance and good composition.
  • 11:30 Check-out at Ami Kyoto
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    • Children 6 years old and above can participate in this activity.
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    • Please make sure to arrive on time as the ending time for each workshop is fixed.
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  • Groups of 1-3 People:
    - Any cancellations made between 17:00 local time, 2 business days to 17:00 local time, 1 business days prior to the activity will be subject to a charge of 50% of the total amount.
    - Any cancellations made after 17:00 local time, 1 business days prior to the activity will be subject to a charge of 100% of the total amount.

    Groups of 4-6 People:
    - Any cancellations made between 17:00 local time, 4 business days to 17:00 local time, 2 business days prior to the activity will be subject to a charge of 50% of the total amount.
    - Any cancellations made after 17:00 local time, 2 business days prior to the activity will be subject to a charge of 100% of the total amount.

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Language English, Japanese
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Duration 1.5 hour(s)
Availability Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat

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Traditional Shodo Calligraphy Lesson in Kyoto with an English-Speaking Teacher