Japanese calligraphy or shodo is an artistic way of writing the Japanese language using brush (fude) and ink (sumi). This form of writing with a set brush stroke order allows for a creative way to produce works of art. Often tied with meditation, the mind is cleared to let the letters flow out with little effort. This state of mind is called mu shin or “no mind state.”
There are different calligraphy styles such as: kaisho “correct writing” described as deliberate and clear strokes similar to newspaper print, gyousho “traveling writing” seen as a semi cursive style, and sousho “grass writing” the flowing cursive style. You can also use your calligraphy to decorate objects such as fans or lamps. Whether you practice “mu shin” or simply enjoy exploring your creativity, you can learn about yourself as you allow the worries of the week to flow out like the ink off the brush while economically beautifying your living area.
Advance at your own pace and, with 48,000 characters to practice, there is plenty to try. You do not need to know how to write in Japanese. All levels are welcome.
Schedule and Cost
*Please contact the JCC Office if you are interested in a Shodo workshop or class*
$100 per 4 classes