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Authentic English-Language Shodo Calligraphy Lesson in Central Kyoto


Find Zen in calligraphy

Experience Zen thought via this monochrome art form. Learn how to write kanji characters of your choice, and create your own piece of ink and paper artwork!

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It is said that during a calligraphy session the writers experience a feeling similar to that of Zen sitting meditation. The aroma of fresh black ink will also sooth your mind and make you feel relaxed.

Your friendly shodo teacher will demonstrate the basics of writing with a brush and deep black ink, and explain the order and composition that goes into writing out the Japanese characters. Practice painting out the strokes, and relax as the ink seeps into the paper.

Held in an 80-year old machiya house, this is a great way to experience Japanese culture at a deeper level.
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Schedule & Location
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Starting time: 10:00 13:00 16:00
Starting time: 10:00 13:00 16:00
  • 10:00 Check-in at KAFU
  • Introduction to Shodo
    Introduction of basic calligraphy knowledge.
  • Calligraphy Demonstration
    11DSCN6868 Learn the basic concepts of shodo through your teacher's demonstration, as she explains the use of the brush and balance of the lines.
  • Calligraphy Time!
    Now give it a try yourself! The instructor will help you choose the kanji characters you wish to write, and give you tips to make a perfect composition.
  • 11:15-11:30 Check-out at KAFU
Additional Note(s)
    • Please refrain from canceling without notice, as we need to prepare the materials for the class in advance. Please inform us of cancellations no later than 5:00 pm on the day prior to your class. Even in the case of an emergency when you have to cancel at the last minute, we would appreciate it if you could let us know. Thank you for your understanding.
Activity provider
mitate Inc.
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Payment/Cancellation policy
Payment type
Credit card payment
Cancellation Policy
  • 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.


(5.00/5.00) 5.00 / 5
(1 review)
Language English
Pick-up Not available
Duration 1.5 hour(s)
Availability Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Sat


We really enjoyed our calligraphy lesson, very well organised with great explanations in English with plenty of information about the cultural aspects of calligraphy in Japanese. Very achievable for ...more
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