Shodo (Japanese Calligraphy)

 

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HISUI TOKYO Shodo- Japanese Calligraphy

In recent times, we don’t really have many opportunities to use a brush to write text.

Nowadays, even formal letters and thank-you letters are all printed using a computer. While modern technology is useful, hand-written letters are more effective in conveying our true thoughts and feelings. In these recent times where the art of calligraphy is waning, why not try using a traditional Japanese calligraphy brush to put some of your thoughts down on paper.

Using a brush is not as difficult as is seems. In fact, as penmanship improves, a unique sense of accomplishment and pleasure can be found from writing with a brush.

In our HiSUi Calligraphy course, beginners will be guided through the basics including correct writing posture and how to effectively hold and write using a brush. For more experienced learners, we offer courses which will further build and hone their skills.

Come and enjoy the art of Japanese Calligraphy in our calm and relaxing space.

HiSUi TOKYO Pen calligraphy / Brush-Pen calligraphy course


  • ‘Bimoji’ (Beautiful letters) lesson (10 sessions)
    For those who want to master and practice the fundamentals of pen calligraphy in a concentrated period.
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  • ‘Bimoji’ (Beautiful letters) lesson (20 sessions)
    For those who want to extensively master and practice the fundamentals of pen calligraphy over a longer period.
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  • Custom course(10〜25 sessions)
    For those who want to pick and choose which aspects of calligraphy they want or need to learn from our curriculum. The total number of sessions—including sessions on pen calligraphy and/or sessions on brush-pen calligraphy—can all be custom selected upon request.
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HiSUi TOKYO Shodo course


    • After completing the basic course (10 sessions), to further improve your skills and deepen your understanding, we offer a variety of extra courses. Upon request, it is possible to choose a variety of courses.
    • Qualification course (General course + Specialized course – Total 112 sessions) The level of difficulty will rise gradually as the course progresses. Depending on your progress and improvement, it’s possible to eventually become a qualified instructor!

      ・General course (40 sessions)
      Name, address, Hiragana, Katakana, How to write beautiful Kanji, Nenngajo (New Year’s Greeting Card), Noshibukuro (Gift Money Envelope) (20 sessions), Studying Calligrapher Wang Xizhi’s ancient text ‘Rantei-zyo’ (10 sessions), Studying Duke Chu Suiliang’s ancient text ‘Gantou-syougyou-zyo’ (10 sessions)

      ・Specialized course (72 sessions – 18 sessions x4)
      Lean more about the world of Kanji by studying ancient calligraphy texts: ‘Rantei-zyo’, ‘Gantou-syougyou-zyo’.

 

    • ‘Bokuseki-kaori’ Course (54 sessions)
      Aimed towards those who want to thoroughly enjoy the world of Japanese calligraphy.
      ’Kannon’ text – 18 sessions ‘Hotoke-go’ (Bhuddist language), poems – 18 sessions
      ’Hyakunin-isshu’ (traditional poem card game) – 18 sessions

 

  • Practical course (20 Sessions)
    Experience making a variety of different calligraphy pieces. Works using large text, cursive script, making name plates, etc.

 

 

In the HiSUi TOKYO Shodo trial course, you will be guided through the basics of how to hold the calligraphy brush accurately and correct writing posture. You will experience writing horizontal strokes, vertical strokes, dots, strokes to the left and right with force and flicked strokes.


  • I thought my age and lack of experience would make it difficult for me to learn, but the instructors were wonderful and taught extensively. I’m looking forward to learning here. (Female 50s)
  • I started Shodo because I wanted beautiful handwriting. It is great that I can book a lesson in the morning and take the lesson in the afternoon on the same day. Even when I am busy with work, I look forward to my Calligraphy lesson. (Female, 30s)
  • I had previously been studying Shodo (Calligraphy) online, but I needed somewhere where I could ask about small details if I had any problems. After searching on the Internet, I found HiSUi Tokyo and decided to have a trial lesson. (Female, 40s)

HiSUi TOKYO Pen Calligraphy / Brush- Pen Calligraphy
10 sessions total


7LettersNew Year’s Cards (For use over Autumn – Winter), Thank you letters, Greetings

# Curriculum Lesson information
1 Basic practice Vertical lines, horizontal lines, curves, return lines, hiragana(あ〜ぬ)
Vertical hiragana Hiragana(ね〜ん)
Vertical hiragana Writing simple sentences
2 Hiragana Horizontal writing, simple sentences
Hiragana, Katakana, Numbers Vertical writing、simple sentences
Hiragana, Katakana, Numbers Vertical writing、simple sentences
3 Basic kanji Vertical strokes, horizontal strokes, dots, strokes with force to the right, strokes with force to the left, angled strokes, flicked strokes to the right, flicked strokes to the left, other strokes
Kanji Kanji radicals (parts) including: ‘U-kanmuri’, ‘Kusa-kanmuri’, ‘Yama-kanmuri’, ‘Take-kanmuri’
Kanji Kanji radicals (parts) including: ‘Tsutsumi-gamae’, ‘Hako-gamae’, ‘Kuni-gamae’, ‘Gyo-gamae’
4 Common Japanese words ‘Haikei’ (Dear sir/madam- formal)、’Keigu’ (Sincerely- formal)、’Zenryaku’ (Dear sir/madam- casual)、’Sousou’ (Sincerly- casual)、’Kinga’ (New years celebration)、’Shinnen’ (New year)、’Kanchu’ (Midwinter)、’Zansyo’ (End of summer)、’Shiwasu’ (Traditional word for ‘December’)
Common Japanese words
‘Totsuzen’ (Suddenly), ‘Shitsurei’ (Excuse me), ‘Sassoku’ (Immediately), ‘Nanitozo’ (Please), ‘Shusseki’ (Attending), ‘Kesseki’ (Absent), ‘Risshun wo mukae’ (To celebrate the Vernal equinox), ‘Nenmatsu-nenshi’ (End of the year, start of the new year)
Common Japanese words ‘Totsuzen’ (Suddenly), ‘Shitsurei’ (Excuse me), ‘Sassoku’ (Immediately), ‘Nanitozo’ (Please), ‘Shusseki’ (Attending), ‘Kesseki’ (Absent), ‘Risshun wo mukae’ (To celebrate the Vernal equinox), ‘Nenmatsu-nenshi’ (End of the year, start of the new year)
People’s names Writing people’s names vertically and horizontally
5 Place names Writing place names vertically and horizontally
Numbers Writing numerical digits, Kanji numbers- both vertically and horizontally
Greetings Seasonal greetings, Take Care greetings, etc
6 Letters Summer greetings (For use over Spring – Summer), Sympathy statements, Apology statements
8 Congratulatory and thank-you sentences Congratulatory sentences from examples, etc
Greetings cards, Contact notes, Invitation cards Congratulations on the birth of your new child, etc
9 Address writing Fundamentals, writing addresses vertically
Address writing Fundamentals, writing addresses vertically
Formal sentences Formal greetings and letter opening sentences, closing sentences, etc
10 Phrases used on ‘Noshibukuro’
(Envelopes used for gift money)
Example sentences, how to write names, family celebrations, ‘Omimai’ (Visiting people who are ill), rewards, small tokens, congratulations, to all employees, etc
Practice Greetings, congratulatory sentences, thank-you sentences, greeting cards, contact notes, envelope text

HiSUi TOKYO Pen calligraphy / Brush-Pen calligraphy
20 Sessions


13-14LettersNew Year’s Cards (For use over Autumn – Winter), Thank you letters, Greetings

# Curriculum Lesson information
1-2 Basic practice Vertical lines, horizontal lines, curves, return lines, hiragana(あ〜ぬ)
Vertical hiragana Hiragana(ね〜ん)
Vertical hiragana Writing simple sentences
3-4 Hiragana Horizontal writing, simple sentences
Hiragana, Katakana, Numbers Vertical writing、simple sentences
Hiragana, Katakana, Numbers Vertical writing、simple sentences
5-6 Basic Kanji Vertical strokes, horizontal strokes, dots, strokes with force to the right, strokes with force to the left, angled strokes, flicked strokes to the right, flicked strokes to the left, other strokes
Kanji Kanji radicals (parts) including: ‘U-kanmuri’, ‘Kusa-kanmuri’, ‘Yama-kanmuri’, ‘Take-kanmuri’
Kanji Kanji radicals (parts) including: ‘Tsutsumi-gamae’, ‘Hako-gamae’, ‘Kuni-gamae’, ‘Gyo-kamae’
7-8 Common Japanese words Haikei’ (Dear sir/madam- formal)、’Keigu’ (Sincerely- formal)、’Zenryaku’ (Dear sir/madam- casual)、’Sousou’ (Sincerly- casual)、’Kinga’ (New years celebration)、’Shinnen’ (New year)、’Kanchu’ (Midwinter)、’Zansyo’ (End of summer)、’Shiwasu’ (Traditional word for ‘December’)
Common Japanese words ‘Totsuzen’ (Suddenly), ‘Shitsurei’ (Excuse me), ‘Sassoku’ (Immediately), ‘Nanitozo’ (Please), ‘Shusseki’ (Attending), ‘Kesseki’ (Absent), ‘Risshun wo mukae’ (To celebrate the Vernal equinox), ‘Nenmatsu-nenshi’ (End of the year, start of the new year)
People’s names Writing people’s names vertically and horizontally
9-10 Place names Writing place names vertically and horizontally
Numbers Writing numerical digits, Kanji numbers- both vertically and horizontally
Greetings Seasonal greetings, Take Care greetings, etc
11-12 Letters Summer greetings (For use over Spring – Summer), Sympathy statements, Apology statements
15-16 Congratulatory and thank-you sentences Congratulatory sentences, etc
Greetings cards, Contact notes, Invitation cards Congratulations on the birth of your new child, etc
17-18 Address writing Fundamentals, writing addresses vertically
Address writing Fundamentals, writing addresses vertically
Formal sentences Formal greetings and letter opening sentences, closing sentences, etc
19-20 Phrases used on ‘Noshibukuro’ (Envelopes used for gift money) Example sentences, how to write names, family celebrations, ‘Omimai’ (Visiting people who are ill), rewards, small tokens, congratulations, to all employees, etc
Practice Greetings, congratulatory sentences, thank-you sentences, greeting cards, contact notes, envelope text

HiSUi TOKYO Pen Calligraphy / Brush-Pen Calligraphy Custom course
10-25 sessions


LettersNew Year’s Cards (For use over Autumn – Winter), Thank you letters, Greetings

Pen Brush Curriculum Lesson information
(custom) (custom)
Basic practice Vertical lines, horizontal lines, curves, return lines, hiragana(あ〜ぬ)
Vertical Hiragana Hiragana(ね〜ん)
Vertical Hiragana Writing simple sentences
Hiragana Horizontal writing, simple sentences
Hiragana, Katakana, Numbers Vertical writing、simple sentences
Hiragana, Katakana, Numbers Vertical writing、simple sentences
Basic Kanji Vertical strokes, horizontal strokes, dots, strokes with force to the right, strokes with force to the left, angled strokes, flicked strokes to the right, flicked strokes to the left, other strokes
Kanji Kanji radicals (parts) including: ‘U-kanmuri’, ‘Kusa-kanmuri’, ‘Yama-kanmuri’, ‘Take-kanmuri’
Kanji Kanji radicals (parts) including: ‘Tsutsumi-gamae’, ‘Hako-gamae’, ‘Kuni-gamae’, ‘Gyo-gamae’
Common Japanese words Haikei’ (Dear sir/madam- formal)、’Keigu’ (Sincerely- formal)、’Zenryaku’ (Dear sir/madam- casual)、’Sousou’ (Sincerly- casual)、’Kinga’ (New years celebration)、’Shinnen’ (New year)、’Kanchu’ (Midwinter)、’Zansyo’ (End of summer)、’Shiwasu’ (Traditional word for ‘December’)
Common Japanese words ‘Totsuzen’ (Suddenly), ‘Shitsurei’ (Excuse me), ‘Sassoku’ (Immediately), ‘Nanitozo’ (Please), ‘Shusseki’ (Attending), ‘Kesseki’ (Absent), ‘Risshun wo mukae’ (To celebrate the Vernal equinox), ‘Nenmatsu-nenshi’ (End of the year, start of the new year)
People’s names Writing people’s names vertically and horizontally
Place names Writing place names vertically and horizontally
Numbers Writing numerical digits, Kanji numbers- both vertically and horizontally
Greetings Seasonal greetings, Take Care greetings, etc
Letters Summer greetings (For use over Spring – Summer), Sympathy statements, Apology statements
Congratulatory and Thank-You sentences Congratulatory sentences, etc
Greetings cards, Contact Notes, Invitation Cards Congratulations on the birth of your new child, etc
Address Writing Fundamentals, writing addresses vertically
Address Writing Fundamentals, writing addresses vertically
Formal Sentences Formal greetings and letter opening sentences, closing sentences, etc
Phrases used on ‘Noshibukuro’ (Envelopes used for gift money) Example sentences, how to write names, family celebrations, ‘Omimai’ (Visiting people who are ill), rewards, small tokens, congratulations, to all employees, etc
Practice Greetings, congratulatory sentences, thank-you sentences, greeting cards, contact notes, envelope text