kakizome winter 2017
Yes, we are having a kakizome workshop again this year!

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. Materials provided. Just come dressed in relaxed clothing that you don’t mind getting inks (yes, you never know!).  Space is limited; early registration is encouraged!

Saturday 1/7  11:00am – 1:30pm (sold out!) | 3:00pm – 5:30pm
Saturday 1/21 11am – 1:30pm

More details & registration from the button below!
Looking forward to seeing you there!



Saturday 1/7
午前の会 11:00am – 1:30pm (sold out!) と午後の会 3:00pm – 5:30pm

Atelier Towa: Aoi Yamaguchi Calligraphy
1450 4th Street #11 Berkeley, CA 94710

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