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2020 Fall Shodo Courses


Shodo Kana:
Members: $140
Non-members: $160
  Shodo Kanji:
Members: $140
Non-members: $160
NEW THIS SEMESTER: We highly recommend that you register online, if possible.

Students with credit: please call the office at (212) 715-1269 or (212) 715-1293.

To become a Japan Society member (or to renew membership) and to register for a course online, please become a member first, and then click the register button to register for a course.

Japan Society reserves the right to cancel any course if sufficient enrollment is not obtained. In such a case, students already enrolled will receive full refunds.

For more information, please email us at To register by phone with a credit card, please call (212) 715-1269.

Please note that while we are working remotely, we may not always be reachable by phone. At the moment, registration is only accepted through online (recommended) or by phone, and we are only taking payment in the form of credit or debit cards (no checks or cash). Acceptance will be acknowledged by email.

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To register online, click "Register":

Please Note: These courses will be conducted online via Zoom, and are a temporary substitute for our in-person courses due to COVID-19. To participate fully, you will need access to a device with internet, microphone, and camera (such as a laptop, smartphone, or tablet). Further instructions will be emailed to you the business day before your class begins. Please note that all times listed are New York time (ET/UTC-04:00).

Prerequisite: students must have previously enrolled in at least 1 course (5+ lessons) of Shodo at Japan Society. (If you do not fit this prerequisite but have significant previous experience with Japanese calligraphy, please contact us at

View course information (PDF)


Session 1
Shodo Kana:
Fridays, September 25 – October 23 (5 weeks)
2—3 PM* | Instructor: Barringer
Course work begins September 21

Shodo Kanji: Fridays, September 25 – October 23 (5 weeks)
3:15—4:15 PM* | Instructor: Barringer
Course work begins September 21

Session 2
Shodo Kana:
Fridays, October 30 – December 4 (no 11/27) (5 weeks)
2—3 PM* | Instructor: Barringer
Course work begins October 26

Shodo Kanji: Fridays, October 30 – December 4 (no 11/27) (5 weeks)
3:15—4:15 PM* | Instructor: Barringer
Course work begins October 26

*The above times are only the course meeting times. There will be individual work and correspondence with the instructor outside of these times. See schedule below.

There are two areas of emphasis; kana or kanji. Please sign up for the one that is applicable for you. This course will consist of self-study, instructor-student dialogue, and instructor demonstration. The structure for both courses is as follows:

Assignment Sample: by Monday prior to the class
The instructor will correspond with students (by email) about an assignment sample. Students will work individually and submit the completed assignment by the due date (see below). Please note, this will begin on September 21 for Session 1 and October 26 for Session 2.

Sample Due Date: by Friday at 10 am ET
Students submit their assignment to the instructor via email (ideally PDF). The instructor will email feedback to the student the same morning/afternoon.

Class Meeting: Friday at 2 pm (Kana) or Friday at 3:15 pm (Kanji)
Students will meet with the instructor on Zoom. The instructor will review key points and details from that week’s sample for the first 5-10 minutes, and then for the rest of class will work with students individually on technique, etc. This will happen with everyone in the same Zoom meeting, so students will also hear/see feedback given to other students. We recommend that while not working directly with the instructor, students may practice the ideas introduced at the start of class and the sample assignment. The instructor hopes to visit each student more than once to work with them.

Further details will be provided upon registration for the course.

Shodo Supplies

Students are required to purchase their own materials for at home use.

Shodo materials include: brush, ink (liquid or ink stone and stick), a felt pad, and a paperweight. Hanshi paper if you have it, or printer copy paper will be fine as well.

Devices include: a computer, tablet, smart phone which has a camera, microphone, and speaker. If you have two devices and a stand for phone/tablet, you might be able to configure a set up where the instructor can see you brush strokes live (not required).

If you need assistance acquiring Shodo materials or further information, please email


Megumi Barringer 雅号:修佳 (Shuka), a licensed Japanese calligrapher since 1997 by Nihon Sogo Shogeiin in Japan, has taught calligraphy for 18 years in Japan and in Princeton, New Jersey. She teaches at Princeton Community Japanese Language School, Princeton University, and at her own private studio.

Please Note

Tuition is non-refundable and non-transferable for any reason (including for credit) after 12pm noon, Friday, September 18, 2020 for Session 1 and 12pm noon, Friday, October 23, 2020 for Session 2. . 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 only. Cancellations via email are not accepted.

By registering for a course, I accept and agree to the above terms of the cancellation policy.

Image: © George Hirose

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