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Japanese calligraphy

in Tokyo

Experience traditional Japanese culture first hand at Kunugi Calligraphy School.
Japanese calligraphy (書道, shodō) also called shūji (習字) is a form of calligraphy, or artistic writing, of the Japanese language.

Calligraphy Experience at school

In the beginning of the class, you get to know your Sensei (teacher), and the history of Japanese calligraphy.

During the session, you will go through the basics, starting from arranging stationery and ink, handling the brush, application of pressure and stroke-play, etc., before drawing some very basic characters.

You can practice as much as you want before you start drawing your name or name(s) of choice. Additionally, you may also have opportunities to work on a souvenir canvas/t-shirt.

Run by Tokyo-Mitaka native Hitoshi Nomizu couple, Kunugi Calligraphy School has been in business since 1954, offering both one-time and long-term calligraphy courses for travelers and native students. The class starts with a basic introduction to the history of calligraphy and its evolution over the millennia. You’ll learn how to identify different calligraphy styles and see a few examples of great calligraphy works throughout history during the session.

Highlights of Session

  • Practice basic brush techniques of Japanese calligraphy

  • Learn how to write your name in Japanese characters

  • Learn how to write Chinese characters (Kanji)

  • Create Japanese souvenir

  • Experience Japanese culture


Required time and Fee

  •  From 5000 JPY per person

  •  Whole class runs one to two hours

Please make a reservation from the form.

Directions to venue

It takes 15min from JR Shinjuku station to JR Mitaka station station.

From JR Mitaka to school you need 5 min on foot.

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櫟書道会  |  Kunugi Calligraphy School

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