Shodo (Japanese Calligraphy)

Shodo (Japanese Calligraphy)

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.

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Upcoming Courses & Workshops

Fall Shodo

October 6 – December 15
October 6 – November 3 (Beginner Course)

These courses in Japanese calligraphy (Shodo) will consist of self-study, instructor-student dialogue, and instructor demonstration. Courses for beginners and those with previous experience are offered. The Fall courses will be online only.

Shodo Workshop for Beginners

Monday, October 30, 1 pm ET

This in-person workshop is structured for beginners wishing to try the art of Japanese calligraphy. Students will learn how to use a brush and the brush strokes in basic kanji. Japanese language skills are not required. Supplies will be provided.

All Courses

Schedule subject to change.

Shodo (during 10-week semester)
Usually offered in the Late Spring (April-May), Late Summer (August-September), and Winter (December-January).

Shodo (during 5-week semester)
Usually offered in the Spring (January- April), Summer (May-August), and Fall (September-December).

Shodo Workshop for Beginners Offered a few times a year.

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.