Language Center

2020 Late Spring Shodo


Members: $160
Non-members: $180

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.

To register by phone with a credit card, please call (212) 715-1269. If you would like to pay with a check, please make it payable to Japan Society, Inc., and send with a completed registration form to Japan Society, 333 East 47th Street, New York, NY 10017, Attn: Language Center.

Single drop-in Shodo lessons may be possible; please contact the Language Center at 212-715-1269 or for more information.
ご希望の方は、語学センターまでお電話(212-715-1269)またはEメール ( にてご連絡ください。

Get $15 OFF Shodo when you also take Japanese! Register for Spring Conversational Japanese or Late Spring Japanese Level 1, 2, or 10 and receive a $15 discount off a Late Spring Shodo Course!
Japanese and Shodo Courses must be within the same 2020 Late Spring semester. Discount must be requested at the time of Shodo registration. Shodo registration must be completed by phone (212-715-1269) or in person only; no online registration.

To register online, click "Register":

Course Information

Shodō 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.

In this open level workshop, beginners will learn the brush strokes used in basic kanji, and more advanced students will have the opportunity to hone their skills. Students at any level from beginner to advanced are welcome to register.

Shodo A: Mondays, April 13– May 11
2–3:45 PM | Instructor: Takemori

Shodo B: Thursdays, April 16 – May 14
5:30–7:15 PM | Instructor: Takemori

Shodo C: Fridays, April 17 – May 15
2–3:45 PM | Instructor: Barringer

Shodo D: Fridays, April 17 – May 15
4–5:45 PM | Instructor: Barringer

Shodo Supplies

It is highly recommended that you purchase your own brush to bring to class, although 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.


Megumi Barringer, a licensed Japanese calligrapher since 1997 by Nihon Sogo Shogeiin in Japan, has taught calligraphy for 15 years in Japan and in Princeton, New Jersey. She teaches at Princeton Community Japanese Language School, Princeton University and at her own private studio.

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.
竹盛強先生: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 for 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. Please note that cancellations are accepted by phone or in person only. Cancellations via e-mail are not accepted.

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Japan Society Language Center and C.V. Starr Library
333 East 47th Street
New York, NY 10017

Language Center Hours:
Monday—Friday, 10:30 AM—6:30 PM

Phone: (212) 715-1269

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