Language Center

Summer Shodo

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, May 21 – July 30 (no class 5/28)
2–3:45 PM | Instructor: Takemori

Shodo B: Mondays, May 21 – July 30 (no class 5/28)
4–5:45 PM | Instructor: Takemori

Shodo C: Fridays, May 25 – July 27
2–3:45 PM | Instructor: Barringer

Info & Registration Form

Members: $270
Non-members: $310 (Become a member) *

*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 to register for a course.

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

Single drop-in shodo lessons may be possible; please contact the Language Center at 212-715-1269 or for more information.

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.


All of the Language Center’s instructors are native Japanese with extensive experience. For more information, please visit our Instructors & Staff page.

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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