Learn the elegant and ancient art of Japanese calligraphy over five sessions with resident expert Ms. Satomi China.

This second 5-class course builds on the first by introducing more katakana (as they appear in the textbook Genki II ) and will culminate in students being able to write their own names using Japanese calligraphy. It will also introduce the hiragana used in Japanese tea ceremony: 「こ」「い」「の」「ゆ」


Monday August 3, 7:30-8:30 p.m.
Monday August 10, 7:30-8:30 p.m.
Monday August 17, 7:30-8:30 p.m.
Monday August 24, 7:30-8:30 p.m.
Monday August 31, 7:30-8:30 p.m.


5 sessions: $125 for JASWDC Members / $160 for non-JASWDC Members
Individual class: $30 for JASWDC Members / $40 for non-JASWDC Members


For 5-session package, by Friday, July 31st  at 5pm
For individual tickets, no less than 3 days before the class


Since this class will be held online, students are asked to prepare their own brushes, ink, and paper.
JASWDC typically purchases supplies for the class from Plaza Art. Calligraphy kits are also available online at a variety of price points through sites like Amazon, and while some suggested kits are listed below, JASWDC has never purchased them before and cannot vouch for their quality. If you would prefer not to purchase all the traditional equipment but would still like to take the class, a pen brush and sketchbook are perfectly acceptable supplies to use. China-sensei can help you improve your calligraphy skills, regardless of which supplies you use!

Plaza Art Supplies:

Ink                     Brushes                           Paper                               Brush Pen                    Sketchbook

Amazon Sets:

9-piece set                                                 Basic Brush set                                         Beginners Set


Instructor: Ms. Satomi China

Satomi Shoko China started learning calligraphy at age four. Currently, she is the head of the Japan Calligraphy Washington DC West branch. Previously, she studied under Suichiku Emura, a designated national heritage calligraphy artist. In 1989 she received her pen name “Shoko (brilliant light)” from Harada Kanpou, the founder of Nihon Shuji. She began practicing her art in the Kanpou hall in NYC from 1996, and proposed an “opera calligraphy performance” through art therapy and music therapy. In addition to the Soho Puffin Gallery and NY Orensanz Museum, she guest appeared in numerous art shows in Japan and the US and received favorable reviews. She is currently concentrating her efforts on raising the next generation of artists and promulgating artistic cultural technique.


**Cancellations must be made no less than three days before the class. Refunds will not be given to cancellations after deadline date and no shows.

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