Zen and Japanese calligraphy share a common traits.
Shodo (Japanese calligraphy) is not only a form of visual arts. But it is also a mindfulness practice. You can pay close attention to each stroke of brush while you are writing letters.
From the first brush stroke to the last, the journey from the beginning to the end is as important as the result in Japanese calligraphy or shodo.
This Japanese calligraphy class for beginners helps you be mindful in each stroke of brush in English.
Experience the traditional calligraphy on the temple grounds. Our friendly teacher will guide you through this journey. Learn to write your own name or favorite words in Japanese and take your works back home.
Like Zazen, the experience of Japanese calligraphy also provides an opportunity for calming the mind and emotional awareness. However, it also includes the element of expression. Preparing the ink lets your mind settle; bringing your focus to the brush’s tip helps bring attention your emotional state; lastly, rather than a specific technique or style, or adhering to any sort of logic, the ink and brush capture your movements and provide expression.
Our experienced calligraphy teacher guides you to the Japanese calligraphy experience in English.
Japanese Calligraphy Course in English (90 min.)
Maximum capacity of 5 people
Private sessions available
Learning kanji (Chinese characters), hiragana and katakana (Japanese characters)
Create your works
You can take your works home with you as souvenirs.
About the teacher, Kanako Ota
Comes from a family of traditional Japanese artisans.
Teaching the philosophy of Japanese calligraphy and years of experience based on simplicity and enjoyment.