Language Center

2017–2018 Winter Shodo

$160 Japan Society corporate and individual members* l Become a member
$180 Non-members*

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2017 Winter Shodo Descriptions and Registration Form (PDF)

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.

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.

Want to try a Shodo Class? Single drop-in Shodo lessons may be possible; please contact the Language Center at 212-715-1269 or for more information.

Shodo A: Mondays, December 11, 18, January 8, 16 (Tuesday) & 22 (no class 12/25, 1/1, 1/15)
2 PM—3:45 PM           Instructor: Takemori

Shodo B: Mondays, December 11, 18, January 8, 16 (Tuesday) & 22 (no class 12/25, 1/1, 1/15)
4 PM—5:45 PM           Instructor: Takemori


About the Instructor: Tsuyoshi Takemori (Master Biho)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. 竹盛毅先生: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。

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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