Tuesdays & Thursdays, April 11 - May 9, 6:30-8:30 pm ET

Japanese Level 1-A


Course Information

Please Note: These courses will be conducted online via Zoom. To participate fully, you will need access to a device with internet, microphone, and camera (such as a laptop, smartphone, or tablet). Please note that all times listed are New York time (ET).

Shodo 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. These online courses will consist of self-study, instructor-student dialogue, and instructor demonstration.

Please note this is not a language course. If you wish to learn Japanese language, please see our other courses.

Select a level to learn more.
Shodo for Beginners | Shodo Basic Kanji | Shodo Kanji | Shodo Kana

See the Shodo Level Guide for sample materials at each level.

For a printer friendly version of these courses, please click here: 2024 Spring Shodo (Japanese Calligraphy) (PDF)


Sanae Asai

Sanae Asai

Sanae Asai (Master Suiho) obtained a BA in Commerce from Meiji University and finished the courses of Certified Financial Planner…

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Megumi Barringer

Megumi Barringer

Megumi Barringer (Calligraphy name Shuka Barringer) has a calligraphy instructor license from the Nihon Sogo Shogeiin of Public Interest…

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    Japan Society programs are made possible by leadership support from Booth Ferris Foundation and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature. Support for Japan Society’s Language Center is provided, in part, by Mark F. Goldfield and Mary E. Hatch; Christopher Hong; Steven Giordano; and Dr. Bic Kanayjorn.