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FIND MEANING IN EVERY STROKE WITH SHODO - JAPANESE CALLIGRAPHY

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Explore the spirituality and philosophy behind Shodō, one of the fundamental curricula of the samurai during ancient times.

Shodō, or Japanese calligraphy, is an art form commonly practiced today by Japanese people of all ages and walks of life. Though shodō has ancient origins dating back to the early 5th century, it has developed into a uniquely Japanese form of art throughout the course of history, coming to embody many Japanese core philosophies and aesthetic principles.

It is said that shodō gained popularity when Buddhism was introduced to Japan from China, and the Chinese characters were used to copy Buddhist mantras. This transcribing of characters, known as shakyō, was regarded as a form of meditation, and the practice lead to the spread of calligraphy at the time.

During the Edo period, the teachings of Bushido, or the way of the warrior, placed as much emphasis on shodō and literature as was placed on warfare and tactics. Shodō was also believed to be a direct expression of the writer's true nature - in other words, the characters and the writer become one.

Today, many people find shodō as a way to relax and focus on their mind and body. Using only a simple bamboo brush, each character is created by adjusting the pressure and angle of the brush, the speed of each stroke, and the flow of ink. The writing style and utilization of blank space add another dimension to the art, culminating in the masterful amalgamation of Japanese aesthetics and language. While conveying meaning through the written word, the art of shodō simultaneously conveys emotion and even the spirit of the writer.

©Kohei Arai

©Kohei Arai

ABOUT THE EXPERIENCE

We present you with the rare opportunity to try your hand at Japanese calligraphy under the tutelage of a highly decorated shodō artist. For two consecutive years, this artist was awarded at one of Japan's most prestigious and largest calligraphy conventions. He passionately devotes himself to his craft, demonstrating his art at calligraphy performances while continuously striving to expand his horizons by collaborating with artists from various disciplines.

During your experience you will learn that in practicing shodō, you also participate in a spiritual exercise. Using only the essentials - a brush, paper, and charcoal ink - while focusing on the visual balance of characters and blank space, you will find meaning in the Japanese expression, “your calligraphy is an expression of your character and spirit.”

Experience includes:Private Shodō lesson, your own calligraphy art
Duration:2 hours (can be adjusted upon request)
Location:Please contact us to inquire about the location
Price:Please contact us to inquire about pricing
Max # of people:up to 10
©Kohei Arai

©Kohei Arai

Recommended for people who…

are interested in calligraphy, writing, or painting
would like to practice their concentration and focus on the present moment

Optional add-ons to make your plan more memorable...

We can provide TRANSPORTATION, PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY, and KIMONO for your experience.
Please inquire.

 

 


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