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Fall Shodo



Fall Shodo Descriptions and Registration Form (PDF)



Tuition:

Shodo A, B, or Advanced:
Japan Society Individual and Corporate members $270* l Become a member
Non-Members $310

Weekend Shodo:
Japan Society Individual and Corporate members $320* l Become a member
Non-Members $350

*To become a new Japan Society member (or to renew membership) and to register for a course online, please follow the link above to become a member first, and then click the register button below to register for a course.
*Students who register for both a Japanese course and a Shodo course will receive a discount on their Shodo class. For more information, please contact the Language Center at 212-715-1269 or language@japansociety.org.
 
Single drop-in Shodo lessons may be possible; please contact the Language Center at 212-715-1269 or language@japansociety.org for more information.

Students who register for both a Japanese course and a Shodo course will receive a discount on their Shodo class. For more information, please contact the Language Center at 212-715-1269 or language@japansociety.org.
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Shodo is an art form using a brush and charcoal ink on paper, wood plaques, and fabric.  It includes Chinese characters (kanji) and Japanese hiragana. Although it originated in the techniques used for letter writing, with its unique form of expression it has developed into an art genre. A number of classes are offered:


  • Shodo A, B & Weekend: This class will teach strokes used in basic kanji. Students at any level from beginner to advanced are welcome to register and Japanese language skills are not required.
    書道A, B及び週末:初級、中級、上級、どのレベルの参加者も大歓迎です。初心者は、基礎漢字で使われる筆使いを学び、上級者は、ご自身のスキルを更に磨くことができます。

    Shodo A: Mondays, September 25—December 4 (except October 9)
    2—3:45 PM | Instructor: Takemori

    Shodo B: Mondays, September 25—December 4 (except October 9)
    4—5:45 PM | Instructor: Takemori 

    Weekend Shodo: Saturdays, October 21—November 18
    1:30—4:30 PM | Instructor: Takemori 
     
  • Advanced Shodo (NEW): This class is designed for students who have an extensive experience. Students will create Haiku or Tanka poems using Japanese kana characters. You will practice Kaisho (printed) and Gyosho (semi-cursive) writing styles with Yojijukugo (four-character idioms) quoted from Senjimon (the Thousand Character Classic). Finished works will be displayed.
    上級書道:日本特有の仮名文字を使い、俳句または短歌を書きます。文献千字文から引用した四字熟語を楷書と行書で書きます。装飾用の書作品として色紙に仕上げます。

    Wednesdays, September 27—December 6 (except November 22)
    2—3:45 PM | Instructor: Asai  


It is highly recommended that you purchase your own brush to bring to class, though we also have brushes available to borrow (classroom use only). All other materials for the course (ink, paper, a felt pad, and a paperweight) are provided in class for classroom use only.

For more details, please email us at language@japansociety.org. To register by phone with a credit card, please call (212) 715-1269.

About the Instructors:

Tsuyoshi Takemori
has over 30 years of teaching experience in Japanese Calligraphy and has served as the Director of Calligraphy for the Kampo Cultural Center, Inc. in the US. Recently, he has worked at the Japan Calligraphy Center International, Inc. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Literature from Ryukyu University in Okinawa, Japan. 日本の書道家としての資格を有する。(1996年、大東文化大学の書道協会より授与)。13年間に亘り、ニュースクール、ロングアイランド日本文化センター、ニュージャージー日米協会、日本人学校、ハモンド美術館、プライベートスタジオを含むニューヨーク近辺の学校や施設で書道を教えてきた。

Sanae Asai
is a licensed Japanese calligrapher (issued in 1996 by the Calligraphy Institute of Daitobunka University in Japan). She has taught calligraphy for 13 years in schools and cultural institutes in the New York area, including The New School, the Long Island Japanese Culture Center, the Japanese American Society of New Jersey, The Japanese Weekend School, and the Hammond Museum, as well as at her own private studio. 30年以上に亘る経験を誇る書道家。米国における観峰文化センター、書道部門のディレクターを務める。近年、日本書道国際センターにも籍を置く。沖縄県琉球大学文学部卒。

Please note: Tuition is non-refundable and non-transferable (including credit) for any reason after 12 PM, the business day before your class starts.  All refunds are subject to a $20 service charge, including those requested by the deadline date.  No partial registration or auditing is permitted. Cancellations are accepted by phone or in person only. Cancellations via e-mail are not accepted. By registering for a course, I accept and agree to the above terms of the cancellation policy.

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