Kakizome Workshop 2018

Kakizome (書き初め) is the term for the first calligraphy writing of the new year,
traditionally performed on the second day of January.
This event is also called 吉書 (kissho), 初硯 (hatsu-suzuri) and 試筆 (shi-hitsu).
People write auspicious words or a short Japanese or Chinese poetry, such as haiku or tanka,
something that symbolizes one’s wishes for the New Year.
In modern times, people simply prefer to choose kanji characters
that have positive meanings and one’s resolution for the year.

During this workshop, you will be trying Kakizome with your choice of words for your wishes for the New Year on the large pieces of calligraphy paper. We will go over the basics from how to hold the brush to how to control the brush, the balance between the mind and body, understanding the structure and meaning of Japanese characters, basic brush techniques and possibilities of sumi ink.  First, we will practice on small scale, and then you will be writing with a large kakizome calligraphy brush on “hansetsu”* sized calligraphy paper! You don’t know what to write? Don’t worry, we will have a list of words and phrases for you to choose or be inspired from. This one-time workshop is designed for a small group of beginners and intermediate level of all ages. No prior art experience is necessary. Space is limited; early registration is encouraged!

Saturday January 6th
11:00am – 1:30pm
3:00pm – 5:30pm 

Beginners and intermediate level of all ages.
(For those under 12 who wish to participate, please let us know in advance!)

This workshop will be instructed by Aoi Yamaguchi.Worksheets and handouts will be provided.
Lesson will be taught in English. Knowledge of Japanese language is not necessary.

Basic calligraphy tools and supplies will be provided for you to work on Kakizome during the workshop.

Join us for the fresh start of the year with Kakizome!