Japanese Calligraphy “Shodo” Workshop for Beginners 

 季節を愉しむ書道ワークショップ 「SEASONS」

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January: Fuyukasumi – Winter Mist –

1月 睦月冬霞の会




「SEASONS」第一弾は、1月 睦月 – 『冬霞』の会

SEASONS is a series of monthly Japanese calligraphy workshops to appreciate the beauty of nature transitioning with four seasons captured and expressed in poetry.

For January session, themed in “Fuyukasumi” meaning “winter mist,” we will embrace beauty in the cold winter – imagining a vast landscape and mountains covered in glowing silver white with misted skyline – writing your choice of seasonal Japanese word selected from Japanese classic literature.

During this hands-on workshop, you will learn and practice basic Japanese calligraphy “Shodo” skills, meditative calligraphy process and finding the balance between the mind and body. We will go over the basics: how to hold the brush and control the brush, posture, how to take care of tools and materials, gettting to know with Japanese gasen paper and sumi inks.

You will be introduced to the fundamental calligraphy writing techniques and beautiful and formal Regular Script “Kaisho” or semi-cursive script “Gyosho” on selected Japanese kanjicharacters depending on your skill level, and you will be practicing and making your own calligraphy artwork on “hanshi”*-sized calligraphy paper.

This workshop is designed for the adult beginners. No prior experience is necessary.

Saturday January 28th, 2017 11am – 1:00pm

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

Basic tools and materials will be provided for you to work on Japanese calligraphy during the workshop. The first 20 sheets of calligraphy paper are included per class. Additional paper is available for purchase.

Tools and materials provided for workshop:
• Calligraphy brush – Fude(筆)
• Bottled Sumi ink (墨)
• Ink well – Suzuri(硯)
• Calligraphy Hanshi Paper “Tosa” (土佐)
– *Hanshi size: H13.15″ x W9.5″
• Felt fabric – Gin Moh-sen (銀毛氈)
• Paperweight – Bun-chin(文鎮)
• Calligraphy Artwork Folder
• Self-study guide handouts

Bring your own:

• Dark colored clothes or aprons that you don’t mind getting ink on.
• Open-minded enthusiasm!


Photo is taken in Hokkaido, Japan, January 2017.