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Zen Calligraphy Lesson

Tokyo, Japan

Experience hosted by Ayuko

2 hours
Includes food, drinks, equipment
Up to 6 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

I'll teach you the foundations of Shodo (Japanese calligraphy): the brush, ink, paper, the meaning of each character, and how to express your feelings through the painting of characters. Once you get the hang of it, you’ll create with your own name in kanji.

Shodo is not only an art, but also an introduction to Zen philosophy. By remaining calm and focused, it's good for your mind and body.
Other things to note
Note that we will use Sumi-ink (which can stain your clothes), so please dress accordingly.

Ayuko's commitment to safety

This host committed to Airbnb’s COVID-19-related safety and cleaning guidelines—including adhering to social distancing guidelines, practising good hygiene and ensuring that all participants wear a mask.
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What's included

  • Food
    sembei (Japanese rice cracker)
  • Drinks
    Japanese tea or water
  • Equipment
    All materials for creating calligraphy (paper, ink, etc)
From $84
/ person
No dates available

Meet your host, Ayuko

Host on Airbnb since 2016
  • 51 Reviews
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I began calligraphy school at the age of six, where I learned to combine precision with individual expression. Now, after 26 years of training, I love sharing the joy of calligraphy through teaching.
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Where you'll be

The lesson will be at a studio in historic Nihonbashi.

Rated 4.94 out of 5 from 51 reviews.

Katrina
July 2017
This was a wonderful experience in Tokyo. Ayuko is a very caring and enthusiastic teacher, and the class was enjoyable and calming. Japanese calligraphy is a difficult art, and this class is a great way to get a taste of the complexities. Ayuko also had a translator who was very helpful in understanding the theory of calligraphy. Would definitely recommend this activity in Tokyo! Thanks Ayuko for a great class!
This was a wonderful experience in Tokyo. Ayuko is a very caring and enthusiastic teacher, and the class was enjoyable and calming. Japanese calligraphy is a difficult art, and thi…
Marijke
July 2017
It was so much fun! She is the sweetest person to teach you. So much love in it. I enjoyed it very much! 教えてくれてありがとうございます! すごく楽しかったでした。
Mehtap
July 2017
I just got back from my calligraphy course with Ayuko. She is the sweetest lady with an incredible talent. She is has a very positive vibe and makes the course very enjoyable. Also this is an amazing way to have a souvenir to take him, something you made yourself! I wrote my name in Kanji with the help of Ayuko and it looks amazing. A great piece of art that will always remind me of my time here in Tokyo :)
I just got back from my calligraphy course with Ayuko. She is the sweetest lady with an incredible talent. She is has a very positive vibe and makes the course very enjoyable. Als…
Kristin
July 2017
Absolutly great and lovely experience! If you want to do something special in tokio and get really intouch with japanes people do this workshop!!!
Yin Yu
July 2017
Ayuko is a very pretty lady who is a master in both calligraphy and karate! She taught us step by step on the basics of calligraphy. The snacks and tea were very nice as well. We were asked to pick a word of our choice and we wrote the word onto a cardboard outselves. Ayuko also wrote our names on a gold card board. We finally visited a calligraphy shop nearby to end the journey.
Ayuko is a very pretty lady who is a master in both calligraphy and karate! She taught us step by step on the basics of calligraphy. The snacks and tea were very nice as well. We…
Chris
July 2017
A remarkable escape from the urban insanity of modern Tokyo, Ayuko's class was extremely enjoyable. Ayuko was a patient teacher and taught me the basic parts of calligraphy while also helping me to write a four character phrase. The two hours of the class are plenty of time to practice and relax: I would recommend this experience to anybody interested in traditional Japanese culture or simply in taking a break from running around in the city all the time.
A remarkable escape from the urban insanity of modern Tokyo, Ayuko's class was extremely enjoyable. Ayuko was a patient teacher and taught me the basic parts of calligraphy while a…

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 6 guests ages 18 and up can attend.